Groups embarking on East Coast hiatus won’t want to miss this legendary destination, one of America’s last fully functioning barrier island ecosytems. Assateague Island’s beloved beaches, wildlife, dunes, wetlands and marsh islands are administered by three official park agencies to provide for recreational use and enjoyment consistent with the perpetuation and maintenance of the seashore’s natural environment; the island is eternally uninhabited – a gloriously untouched haven – with the northern tip a Maryland state park, and the remainder of the Maryland section the beautiful Assateague Island National Seashore, world famous for the colorful bands of wild ponies that have roamed the area for hundreds of years, enchanting visitors with their sometimes fleeting, always delightful presence. A wildlife watcher’s and nature lover’s paradise, the island hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna – including over 320 species of birds who nest and rest there – affording them vital support and peaceful refuge amongst its 41,000+ acres of windswept beaches, waters and woods – the perfect year-round venue for your Maryland travel group’s favorite outdoor activities. Jump on an ATV or kick off your shoes and explore the dunes, bike endless windswept trails, comb the vast expanses of inviting, white sand for priceless treasures, clam, fish or crab for your dinner, arrange a custom sunset cruise or pony-spotting trip, or hop in your own kayak and paddle through the unspoiled splendor of miles of scenic waterways. Be sure to visit the candy-striped lighthouse located on the Virginia portion of the island – one of the most impressive historic landmarks on the Eastern Seaboard!