Roadtrip with RVshare Gaithersburg to Annapolis

You'll want to take multiple twists and turns on a Gaithersburg to Annapolis road trip to see the best attractions in the state of Maryland. Consider starting out going just a bit north from Gaithersburg to visit the King Dam Dairy Museum and explore Seneca Creek State Park. Then, head south from Gaithersburg to see the Clara Barton National Historic Site, Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park and Cherry Hill Farmstead. Head back to the north and east to visit the College Park Aviation Museum, Rosaryville State Park and Franklin Point State Park. There are many other adventures that you can have before you finally end your road trip to Annapolis. 

Gaithersburg to Annapolis Road Trip Itinerary

  • Trip Length: It should take you about an hour to make this drive.
  • Mileage: From Gaithersburg to Annapolis is 54 miles.
  • Fun Fact: Annapolis, Maryland, served as the site for the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1784.

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Nearby National Parks

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park  

For over 100 years, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal served as a lifeline to citizens carrying needed supplies down the Potomac River. The area is now a 184.5-mile-long adventure path, and you will want to explore some of it. Depending on your location in this park, you can do many different things, including hiking and biking along the canal. Boating is allowed in six different short areas of this park while almost the entire river is open for fishing. Towpaths are available in many areas for horseback riding. 

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is just over the Maryland border in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. This small town has had a sizable impact on American history as it was the site of John Brown's abolitionist uprising in 1859, one of the precursors of the American Civil War of 1861-1865. At this national historical park, you can go hiking, boating and whitewater rafting.

Nearby State Parks

Seneca Creek State Park  

Seneca Creek State Park extends for 14 miles slightly northwest of Gaithersburg, Maryland. This park offers over 50 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding fun along the creek. Consider following the trails leading to a 19th-century log cabin or rent a boat and explore the creek. Enjoy a picnic lunch while gazing at the scenic views at this park. You can let your children romp on the playground at this state park. 

Rosaryville State Park  

This day-use park covers 982 acres near Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Mountain bikers and hikers love to come to this park for its extensive trail system, and it is a great place to have a picnic. You can also go bow hunting with the proper permits at this state park. The main reason you will want to come to this park, however, is to visit the Mount Airy Museum. Workers constructed the east wing of this museum in 1752, and the west wing is one of the greatest examples of Greek Revival architecture found in the state. You can visit some of the best state parks in Maryland like Rosaryville on a road trip from Gaithersburg to Annapolis. 

Franklin Point State Park  

Franklin Point State Park is located on the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Anne Arundel County. This state park is an ideal place to go wildlife viewing because it features marsh, field and forest areas. A sandy beach is also available at this site. Note that you must submit a form to the state to get the gate code for this isolated state park.

Along the Way

King Barn Dairy Mooseum  

The purpose of the King Barn Dairy Mooseum is to teach people about the importance of the dairy cow to Montgomery County. Tour the dairy barn and the other outbuildings at this farm located near Boyds, Maryland. Numerous exhibits within the barn tell the history of dairy farms and the families that operated them. Special events are often planned throughout the year. Before visiting, you'll want to call about hours because the museum is only open on some weekends. 

Clara Barton National Historic Site  

Visit the Clara Barton National Historic Site near Glen Echo, Maryland, to learn about the nurse, teacher and community leader who founded the American Red Cross. Tour the 38-room home where Clara Barton lived at this location, which was the first national historical site dedicated to a woman. The first office of the American Red Cross was in her home, and it and 10 other rooms have been restored to the way that they would have been between 1897 and 1912 when she lived here. 

Cherry Hill Historic House & Farm  

Falls Church, Virginia, residents chose to restore the Cherry Hill Historic House & Farm in 1976. At this farm, which was initially founded in 1845, tours of the home and barn are primarily geared toward children who will be introduced to many old kitchen gadgets, such as ones used to grind corn. Guides along the way will encourage children to understand the difference between life in 1860 and their life today. Around select holidays, guests can listen to a docent lead a talk about Victorian teas before being ushered into the formal dining room to participate in afternoon tea. The events feature tea and finger foods, and you are encouraged to wear Victorian clothing. 

Glen Echo Park

Originally opened in the 1920s, Glen Echo Park invites you to enjoy time with your family doing many old-fashioned activities. Hitch a ride on the carousel to relive your childhood. Thirteen resident artists make this a great place to take an art class or to watch an artist at work. You can also join the fun at the dancing classes. In addition to classes, public dances are often held here. During the summer, children head to this park in Glen Echo to participate in fun day camp activities.

College Park Aviation Museum

The College Park Aviation Museum offers visitors the chance to see many aircraft and artifacts designed to tell the story of firsts in aviation history. You can also see the 1919 airport hangar and a 1919 compass rose. Aircraft range from a 1910 Wright Model B reproduction to a 1946 Encoupe 415D. While some of the older airplanes are accurate reproductions, the newer planes are original models. Knowledgeable museum staff will be glad to answer your questions.

Main Cities You Will Pass Through


Rockville is one of the largest cities in Maryland, and it offers many fun things to do. Head to the Civic Center Park to see live theatrical performances. The ice rink on the city's town square is a fun place to play in the winter, but if the weather is warmer, consider going to the Meadowside Nature Center to watch the wildlife. Campgrounds in the Rockville area include Little Bennett Campground and Rambling Pines. There are other outstanding campgrounds in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Dump stations around Rockville, Maryland, include Little Bennett Campground and Cherry Hill Park, or you can look at other locations in Maryland

Glen Echo  

You can find a lot to do in Glen Echo, Maryland, including visiting the Hillwood Estate, seeing a puppet show at the Puppet Co. Playhouse or participating in live entertainment at the Adventure Theatre MTC. Glen Echo campground options include Glen Echo Park and Robert C. McDonell Campground, or you can check out other top campgrounds in Maryland. Glen Echo-area RV dump stations are available at Glen Echo Park and other Maryland dump station locations. 

College Park  

College Park, Maryland, offers visitors many different things to see and do, including playing on Lake Artemesia and visiting Greenbelt Park. You may also want to check out other top Maryland campgrounds. Local options in College Park include Cherry Hill Campground and Greenbelt Campground. RV dump stations near College Park include Cherry Hill Campground.

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Going on a Gaithersburg to Annapolis RV road trip may leave you feeling like you are on a carousel because you will travel along some roads in both directions. Like the fun you had on a merry-go-round as a child, you will love the joy you have on this road trip as you learn more about farm life and history, see unique natural scenery and discover that this area has secluded spots for camping. If you own an RV, then you can get out on the road as soon as possible. Otherwise, rent an RV in Gaithersburg or Annapolis on RVshare.com to create this memory-making experience. This road trip itinerary from Gaithersburg to Annapolis is ideal for families and solo adventurers alike depending on what you want to see in the area, so take some time to explore the route and plan your vacation.