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
Trails for every hiker
Dense forests, scenic views, and over 200 miles of hiking trails. Try not to do it all in one day.
Café and community hub
Grab a falafel at this Syrian café, then head upstairs to play backgammon and shop tapestries.
Old Ellicott City
19th-century architecture, anyone?
Stroll brick sidewalks and take in the historic district.
Phoenix Upper Main
Great for a quick bite
Three words: jalapeno mozzarella sticks.
Park Ridge Creamery
Featuring Taharka Brothers craft ice cream from Baltimore.
Old Mill Cafe
Classic American fare
Just what you’re looking for: omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups, and more.
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
Cute boutique and gift shop
Gifts, clothing, home décor, accessories—and more!
Everything from furniture and light fixtures to wall décor, textiles, and accessories that exude rustic charm and vintage appeal.