Looking for a powerful and inspiring road trip? Come to Harriet Tubman Country on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and travel in the footsteps of an American legend. This is the land where Harriet Tubman lived, toiled in slavery, and escaped to freedom. While you’re here, enjoy spectacular natural beauty, delicious local seafood, and small town charm. For a limited time, you can experience it all with discounted lodging and $100 to use toward restaurants, shops, and experiences through the Tubman Travel Package.
Where history comes alive
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
Run by the National Park Service and the Maryland Park Service, this center shares the story of Harriet Tubman, from her grueling childhood in slavery to her escape to her courageous missions leading others to freedom. And her amazing achievements after all that — serving as a spy and scout in the Civil War, joining the woman’s suffrage movement, and serving others as a dedicated humanitarian. Opened in March 2017, the center drew 100,000 visitors from every U.S. state and 70 countries in its first year. Located 20 minutes from Cambridge, Maryland.
Underground Railroad sites
The visitor center is one of 36 sites along the scenic, self-guided driving tour known as the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, which winds through Dorchester and Caroline Counties in Maryland before continuing on to Delaware. Other highlights include the historic general store where Tubman made her first public act of defiance (and almost lost her life), a courthouse where Tubman engineered a daring escape for her niece, landscapes that look very similar to what Tubman would have seen in the 1800s, and more.
Audio Guide and Map/Guide
Download the free Audio Guide app and hear stories of Harriet Tubman and other freedom seekers come to life as you travel the places where they once walked. You can also download a PDF of the Tubman Byway Map & Guide or order a hardcopy version.
Natural beauty, delicious seafood, and charm
There’s more than history here in Tubman Country.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 28,000 acres of protected habitat for birds, waterfowl, and wildlife. Hike the trails or drive or bicycle the 4-mile Wildlife Drive for views of bald eagles, great blue herons, osprey, egrets, and thousands of ducks and geese during migration season.
This area has more waterways than anywhere else in Maryland — 1,700 miles of shoreline — which makes for great paddling, boating, and fishing. Not to mention spectacular sunset views.
Small town charm
Cambridge is the largest city in the area with 12,000 residents. While its small on size, it has become big in the dining scene with a downtown filled with award-winning restaurants and a popular microbrewery, as well as art galleries and indie shops.
Discount travel package
For a limited time, enjoy discounted lodging rates and more through the Tubman Travel Package, designed for travelers exploring Harriet Tubman’s story. The package includes:
- Exclusive savings on two nights of lodging with five different accommodations to choose from, including Maryland’s best waterfront resort, hotels, and charming bed-and-breakfasts. Reserve your spot.
- $100 worth of vouchers to use as you see fit for select dining, outdoor adventures, tours, or shopping. See the options.
“My friend and I only thought we would stop at a few sites, but were quickly drawn in and rearranged our initial itinerary to fit in more stops. To be able to see the places where such an amazing woman lived, worked, and struggled was incredibly powerful and reminded me that this history is right in our backyards, closer than we usually think about in the course of our daily lives. I highly recommend that everyone take this tour at some point.” — Aisha Springer, blogger, Urban Escapist (Read the story)