Although small in size, Maryland has distinct regions, giving visitors a North and a South experience. Baltimore is its largest city and quite Northeastern-urban in feel. Its Inner Harbor setting, right on the Chesapeake Bay, is quite beautiful, filled with restaurants, shopping, museums, pubs and a variety of first-class Maryland hotels with excellent views. Baltimore is only 40 miles from the nation’s capital Washington, DC, which multiplies the number of attractions. You can visit the National Aquarium, watch a major sporting event or visit the Edgar Allan Poe House.
History buffs will enjoy Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine to see where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner or Antietam National Battlefield in nearby Sharpsburg to learn about the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. A visit to historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s first colony, lets you explore archeological findings dating back to prehistoric times; a number of National Historic and Scenic Trails pass through the state as well.
See the famous wild horses and get back to nature at Assateague Island National Seashore with wind-swept beaches and beautiful bays. The capital city of Annapolis doubles as home to the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy A number of higher education institutions are located here, including renowned Johns Hopkins; the area is well-known for outstanding bio-tech research. Whether you visit for two days or two weeks, Maryland offers a bit of everything.