There are several places to park in Ellicott City in addition to street parking. We were lucky to find a spot in the large main parking lot next to Main Street and the Visitor Information Center. It was a Friday night and it was difficult to find a spot; we had to wait for someone to leave before getting their spot. Parking was free in this lot, as is in several of the lots around town (a few smaller lots do charge 50 cents/hour, but only during the day). Visit the website for a map of where to park in Ellicott City.
..there's very little public transportation where we live. Howard County has some bus routes, but none of them come to our area. Most public transportation is down in the Columbia area of Howard County
There are plenty of parking lots, free of charge or metered. Many shops have their own parking lots as well.
Walk around is the best way to tour the hitoric district. You can bike, but there is no designated bike lane, so you have to share the narrow road with motor vehicles.
It depends on where you are coming from. If you are coming from an area that is out of country, take the airplane. If you are coming from somewhere out of state, you have a few options. you can travel by car/van, train, or airplane. If you live inside Maryland, you can just get here by car/van.
The best way to get around Ellicott City would probably automobiles, such as cars, vans, or trucks. If you are planning on living here or if you are living here, you can walk or bike short distances. Otherwise, driving a car is a good idea. Students who get to school car be driven by their parents, bike or walk, or ride the bus according to the distance between their houses and schools.