There is nowhere else like it on the entire planet. Certainly, it sounds cliché at the very least. The fact remains, though, you won’t find another destination that affords you access to such a unique combination of wildlife experiences. Bounded almost entirely by the Delaware Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and the Chesapeake Bay, the Delmarva Peninsula (comprised of parts of the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) is an outdoor paradise that offers opportunities to slow down and explore at a leisurely pace. Venture to Assateague Island and marvel at the raw strength of the wild ponies as they gallop through the wooded shores, dunes, and wetlands. Head to the “Blue Marlin Capital of the World”—Ocean City, Maryland—to test your mettle against the graceful and impressively powerful sailfish on a deep-sea angling adventure. Find a quiet spot on the sands by the Chesapeake Bay and cast a crab trap into the emerald waters and net the main ingredient for the night’s feast—a mound of blue crabs. All of these adventures are within a 30-minute drive from the “Crossroads of Delmarva,” Salisbury, Maryland. Because of that, hotels in Salisbury are the perfect place to call home while you wander wisely throughout the peninsula.
Even though it is the second largest city on the peninsula (Dover, Delaware, being the first), Salisbury is a relatively small town with about 30,000 year-round residents. So, when you are deciding where to stay in Salisbury, you might want to find a hotel that is in the direction of your most desired Delmarva daytrip destination. Here are some suggestions, including Salisbury lodging options for each.
Route 66 gets the bulk of the notoriety, but a cross-country trip on Route 50 may provide a more accurate slice of the American pie. Starting in Ocean City, Maryland, and running through Salisbury on its way to Sacramento, California, Route 50 is called the Ocean Gateway in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Salisbury hotels here are a very short drive away from Ocean City and Assateague Island National Park:
Route 13 (called Salisbury Boulevard as it cuts through town) runs north and south along the spine of Delmarva. Stay here if you want to explore Delaware, take the Cape May Ferry from Lewis, Delaware, to the Jersey shore, or spend the day in Philadelphia (just over a two-hour drive).
You can get from downtown Salisbury to the waters of the Chesapeake three different ways: Route 50, back country roads, or floating down the Wicomico River. Plus, you’re close to great local restaurants, tempting craft brewers, and independently owned shops and boutiques.
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