Maryland is sometimes called “America in Miniature” for its varied topography. The state encompasses many features that make the U.S. an alluring destination. Not only does its complex, divided history reflect the story of the nation, but it is a geographically diverse and consistently exciting state. Wander around cities packed with history, explore stunning state parks and follow the picturesque coastline in this compact but multifaceted region.
History is visible in every corner of Maryland. Stroll through St. Mary’s City, founded in 1634, to learn about colonial America. Explore the city of Frederick to immerse yourself in the Civil War, when the state’s allegiances were divided between the North and South. This city located near the battlefields of Antietam and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, contains several historic sites commemorating the conflict.
Experience the cool, cosmopolitan culture of Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city. Spend your days visiting cultural attractions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, the American Visionary Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Industry. In the evenings, attend a performance at venues such as the Hippodrome Theatre and the Lyric Opera House or choose one of the city’s trendy pubs for a pint of craft beer.
Much of the appeal of Maryland lies in its natural beauty. The state encircles the waters of Chesapeake Bay and contains several state parks, beaches and islands. Take your binoculars to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and watch the skies for bald eagles and waterfowl. Kayak near a haunted lighthouse at Point Lookout State Park. Ride the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad through the northwestern corner of the state.
Hop between the islands of the bay. Assateague Island is the home of sandy beaches and wild horses, while Smith Island offers delectable seafood and additional wildlife watching opportunities.
Fly into Baltimore/Washington International Airport to arrive in the heart of Maryland. Visit the state in summer for sunny days by the beach or island exploration. Come in spring and fall to experience its thrilling cities.