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Ellicott CityUnited States of America

Learn about the 19th-century railroad and explore the historic center amid the scenic terrain of undulating woodland and granite outcrops.

Ellicott City is known for its intriguing railroad past and its gem of a historic center. It’s set in a picturesque region containing the Tiber River, the Patapsco River and verdant knolls. Wander through the quaint Old Town district to see historic buildings with a backdrop of forested hills.

Expect hot and wet summers, when you can watch dramatic thunderstorms. See the enchanting historic center in winter, with its occasional layers of snow. Visit the old quarter’s Howard County Welcome Center, housed in the 1939 stone building of the former post office. Examine the murals and period décor and speak with docents about sightseeing activities.

Enter the town highlight, the B&O Railroad Station Museum, among the oldest preserved passenger train stations in the U.S. It was built in 1830 as the terminus of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line. Bring the kids to clamber over the model trains, ride the carousel and inspect the array of engines and carriages. Enjoy hot drinks and snacks at a café beside the museum, which backs onto the Patapsco River.

Learn about one of the pioneers of African-American scientists at the sublime grounds and buildings of the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum.

Venture into the southwestern outskirts of the town to vast Centennial Park. Trek along the hiking path that encloses scenic Centennial Lake and rent a kayak or paddle boat to take out on the water. On the opposite side of the town is the enormous Patapsco Valley State Park, which follows the path of its namesake river.

This town is located on the eastern flank of Howard County in central Maryland. Drive west from Baltimore for 14 miles (22 kilometers) to arrive here in about 25 minutes. Get around the compact historic center on foot and rent a car to traverse the outskirts. See nearby cities, such as Columbia, Silver Spring and Washington D.C.

With its railroad history and picturesque terrain, Ellicott City offers an enlightening and serene trip.

Top Hotels in Ellicott City

Residence Inn By Marriott Columbia
Residence Inn By Marriott Columbia
3 out of 5
4950 Beaver Run Ct, Ellicott City, MD
The price is $99 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Howard County Welcome Center, The Mall in Columbia, and Merriweather Post Pavilion. B&O Railroad ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (271 reviews)

"Lovely hotel! It had everything that I needed! The hotel was more like a mini apartment and the rooms were at a reasonable price!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Residence Inn By Marriott Columbia
Turf Valley Resort
Turf Valley Resort
3.5 out of 5
2700 Turf Valley Rd, Ellicott City, MD
The price is $107 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated in Ellicott City, this spa resort is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Waverly Woods Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Howard County Welcome Center and B&O Railroad ...

4.3/5Excellent! (479 reviews)

"Resort-like, not a Basic hotel. Grounds were beau!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

Turf Valley Resort
Lavish Ellicott City Studio W/pool & Hot Tub!
Lavish Ellicott City Studio W/pool & Hot Tub!
Ellicott City, MD

Situated in Ellicott City, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Howard County Welcome Center, B&O Railroad Station Museum, and Patapsco Valley State ...

5/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Quiet oasis

"The location, property and ambiance was great. The bed was comfortable. The suite is roomy for a couple. I didn't get a chance to utilize all of the amenities but it was nice having them available if needed. I took me a minute to find things like utensils etc. A directory of where items were stored/located ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Lavish Ellicott City Studio W/pool & Hot Tub!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Ellicott City

Lavish Ellicott City Studio W/pool & Hot Tub!
Lavish Ellicott City Studio W/pool & Hot Tub!
Ellicott City, MD

Situated in Ellicott City, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Howard County Welcome Center, B&O Railroad Station Museum, and Patapsco Valley State ...

5/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Quiet oasis

"The location, property and ambiance was great. The bed was comfortable. The suite is roomy for a couple. I didn't get a chance to utilize all of the amenities but it was nice having them available if needed. I took me a minute to find things like utensils etc. A directory of where items were stored/located ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Lavish Ellicott City Studio W/pool & Hot Tub!
Step Back in Time With This Unique gem Along the Patapsco River
Step Back in Time With This Unique gem Along the Patapsco River
Ellicott City, MD

Situated on a river, this historic vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Howard County Welcome Center and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Patapsco Valley State Park. The ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Cute, classic historic Ellicott city home

"Lots of charm! Great place to stay close to downtown Ellicott city!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Step Back in Time With This Unique gem Along the Patapsco River
Charming And Historic Stone Cottage In Ellicott City
Charming And Historic Stone Cottage In Ellicott City
Ellicott City, MD

Situated in Ellicott City, this historic cottage is within 6 mi (10 km) of Patapsco Valley State Park, Waverly Woods Golf Club, and Diamond Ridge Golf Course. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Weekend Getaway

"Very unique cottage in a quiet setting. Ideal place to disconnect and relax. Welcoming, friendly, responsive owners. The muffins are a nice touch. We enjoyed our time there."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Charming And Historic Stone Cottage In Ellicott City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Ellicott City

Patapsco Valley State Park
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Patapsco Valley State Park

Wander through the scenic riverside forest, embark on fun and challenging trails and locate the viaduct railroad and old mills.

Centennial Park
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Centennial Park

Take a kayak or paddle boat out on the stunning man-made lake and embark on a bike ride or a hike in the dense forest.

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum
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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Browse complex wooden clocks, almanacs and noteworthy letters of one of the U.S.’s greatest minds, a man who blazed a trail for African-American academics.

National Aquarium in Baltimore
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National Aquarium in Baltimore

4.5/5(1,044 reviews)

Inner Harbor’s biggest attraction recreates the marine and terrestrial habitats of thousands of animals from many parts of the globe.

University of Maryland-College Park
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University of Maryland-College Park

4/5(1,180 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of Maryland-College Park, a top university in College Park. Experience the area's fascinating museums and great live music.

Baltimore Convention Center
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Baltimore Convention Center

4/5(498 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Baltimore Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Baltimore. Amble around this vibrant area's waterfront or attend a sporting event.

Top things to do in Ellicott City

Spirit of Baltimore Lunch Cruise
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Spirit of Baltimore Lunch Cruise

$76
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Fell's Point Food Tour
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Fell's Point Food Tour

$71
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Washington D.C. Day Trip from Baltimore
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Washington D.C. Day Trip from Baltimore

$199
Per adult
Electric Boat Rental
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Electric Boat Rental

$240
Per adult
Federal Hill Cuisine & Culture Walking Tour
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Federal Hill Cuisine & Culture Walking Tour

$69
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Antietam Battlefield Tour
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Full-Day Antietam Battlefield Tour

$140
Per adult

Reviews of Ellicott City

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Verified traveler

Apr 22, 2019

Historic Ellicott City was the main reason for our stay here. It is definitely worth a walk around this 18th century city.

5/5 - Excellent

B.

Apr 10, 2019

Great history

4/5 - Good

Stephanie

Dec 18, 2018

We tried to go to a few local bars after a wedding reception and didn’t have positive experiences at any of them. They weren’t very welcoming to our of towners and the bars got rough at night. I wouldn’t go out at night in the city to a bar again.

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