Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. Photo by George Blood/Flickr.

Marylanders who are ready to travel again don’t need to go far for their next big trip. 

National Geographic recently named Maryland’s Eastern Shore on their list of “25 Amazing Journeys for 2022,” which includes travel spots all across the world. 

The Eastern Shore is listed among destinations like a lake in Siberian Russia, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, and a national park in Mozambique. 

The magazine highlights the area’s history as part of the Underground Railroad.

It is also the place where one of history’s most famous women, Harriet Tubman, was born.

Tubman, born on a plantation in Dorchester County around 1820, became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, leading enslaved people to freedom before the Civil War. 

National Geographic suggests visiting the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and taking a kayaking tour of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge with Harriet Tubman Tours.

“We talk to kids about how the confidence and lessons Harriet learned inside the terrible institution of slavery drove her to accomplish incredible things,” Alex Green, co-owner of Harriet Tubman Tours, told the magazine.

“Harriet never gave up and she never stopped learning,” he said, “That’s a lesson they can take home. ”