Maryland’s Most Exciting New Tourist Destination Is… A Rest Stop?

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I never thought I’d say this sentence, but: I can’t wait to go visit the Maryland House.

If you’ve ever gone on a family road trip that involved a traffic slog up or down I-95, you know the Maryland House I’m talking about. As the Baltimore Sun notes, it’s one of the most frequented travel plazas in the country, and as such often featured long lines, stressed employees, and a generally hectic atmosphere. But that’s all in the past (I hope). Roadtrippers take note: the Maryland House has just undergone a $30 million makeover. And it sounds FANCY.

According to the Sun, the Maryland House renovation emphasized a few key points. The new gable-roofed and glass-enclosed building has an open-air feeling, which is exactly what you need after a few claustrophobic hours packed in a car with your family. The men’s bathroom features twice as many stalls and urinals, which should help with those long lines. The travel plaza’s fancy new Sunoco gas station has 40 newfangled pumps that will even speed up the process of stopping for gas. And, yes, there are new places to shop and eat: a Phillip’s Seafood, Wendy’s, Nathan’s, Currito, Jerry’s Subs and Pizza, Auntie Anne’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Carvel, Sunshine Market, a Brookstone and an Orange Optix. At 42,000 square feet, it’ll be the biggest travel plaza in the country. Who wants to take a road trip?

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