Length: 170.0 mi / 273.6 km
Time to Allow: 6-8 hours to drive or 2 days to visit the byway.
The Historic National Road stands for adventure, freedom and exploration. A ribbon of roadway from the Chesapeake Bay to the mighty Allegheny Mountains, it is the road that built the nation. Today, you can experience more than 300 years of American culture, including inns, tollhouses, taverns, theaters, parks, and shops along the byway.
Driving the Byway
* You will start your tour at the Inner Harbor, the beginning or end of many journeys along the Historic National Pike.
* Follow Lombard Street (return on Pratt Street) past the old Bromo Seltzer Tower and the University of Maryland Hospital complex.
* Cross Martin Luther King Boulevard, and continue through several well-preserved historic neighborhoods. One of these, settled by European immigrants, grew up around Hollins Market. More recent residents have made this an artistic community, which contributed to the existence of the neighborhood's many coffeehouses, small restaurants, and cafes.
* A little farther west is Union Square, one of several such squar