Elliot city Maryland
June 6, 2023

Washington D.C. Day Trip Guide: Ellicott City, Maryland

Founded in 1772, Ellicott City, Maryland—about 35 miles northwest of Washington, D.C—is rich with history and charm. But that’s not all: The town (population: 66,000) boasts shopping, great restaurants, and the nearby—and stunning, waterfall-enriched—Patapsco Valley State Park. 

Here’s a taste of what Ellicott City has to offer. 

patapsco valley state park

Patapsco Valley State Park 
Trails for every hiker 

Dense forests, scenic views, and over 200 miles of hiking trails. Try not to do it all in one day. 

Syriana cafe

Syriana Cafe 
Café and community hub 

Grab a falafel at this Syrian café, then head upstairs to play backgammon and shop tapestries. 

old Elliot city

Old Ellicott City 
19th-century architecture, anyone? 

Stroll brick sidewalks and take in the historic district. 

Phoenix Upper Main

Phoenix Upper Main 
Great for a quick bite 

Three words: jalapeno mozzarella sticks. 

Park Ridge Creamery

Park Ridge Creamery 

Featuring Taharka Brothers craft ice cream from Baltimore.

old mill cafe

Old Mill Cafe 
Classic American fare 

Just what you’re looking for: omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups, and more. 

Centennial Park

Centennial Park 
A bit of nature 

If you can’t make it to Patapsco, Centennial Park—with a 54-acre, wildlife-loving lake at its center—will give you a dose of the great outdoors. 

Sweet Elizabeth Jane

Sweet Elizabeth Jane 
Cute boutique and gift shop 

Gifts, clothing, home décor, accessories—and more! 

Primitive Beginnings

Primitive Beginnings 
Farmhouse-style decor 

Everything from furniture and light fixtures to wall décor, textiles, and accessories that exude rustic charm and vintage appeal.