Maryland Visitor's Guide

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
Why It’s Cool: If you love beaches and camping, this is the spot for you. Assateague is a barrier island off the coast of Maryland and Virginia that's covered in sandy beaches, salt marshes, forests, and coastal bays. There’s even a community of wild horses (how exotic!). Enjoy relaxing on the 37 miles of beach or hiking by day, and then plant your tent near the crashing waves for a night under the stars.

Where to Camp: Camping is allowed only on the Maryland side of the island, but due to impact from winter storms, some of the campsite locations have changed for 2016. Check out the latest map here. From November 16­ through March 14, the sites are first come, first served. Two campsites are also open for horse camping during this time for a fee of $50 per night. From March 15 through November 15, reservations are required (they can be made up to six months in advance) and cost $30 per night. Backcountry camping is allowed ($10, seven-day permit required), but it's only accessible by backpacking or water.

When It’s Open: Year-round. Visitor center and ranger station hours vary from season to season.

Cost: Vehicle entrance fee is $20 and is valid for seven days. Campsite fee is $30 per night depending on season and location. For more information, visit the park's website.

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