Aptly known as ‘America in Miniature’, Maryland is home to everything from soaring mountains and sparkling seas to rivers, forests, and falls with bustling cities and laidback towns dotted here and there. Due to its intriguing mix of old and new, its diverse landscapes and wide range of sightseeing and sporting spectacles, the Old Line State really does have something for everyone to enjoy.
Part of the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, it is surrounded by Pennsylvania, Delaware and the Virginias with the District of Columbia also lying alongside it. While Chesapeake Bay, the world’s third largest estuary, dominates and defines much of its territory, the rough waters of the Atlantic Ocean also bound its eastern edge. Besides this, coastal forests, farms, and foothills coat the state while the rugged Appalachian Mountains rise up in its western realms.
Most of its population either resides on the outskirts of Washington D.C. or along the scenic shore of Chesapeake Bay with Baltimore being by far its biggest city. Here you can explore its Inner Harbor or aquarium with the vibrant seaport also being known for its numerous historic and cultural sights, its fanatic sports fans and happening nightlife scene.
Besides watching the Orioles or Ravens play it is also well worth stopping by both Annapolis, the state capital, and Ocean City. While the former has a rich maritime history and heritage for you to delve into, the latter’s seaside resorts, restaurants and nightclubs make it the perfect place to relax and unwind alongside the Atlantic.
In addition to seeing Antietam Battlefield – an important Civil War site – and the centuries-old St. Mary’s City, there are also lots of lovely landscapes and nature spots to discover. Besides hiking the Appalachian Trail or swimming, fishing, and sailing in the bay or ocean, both the spectacular Great Falls and reflective Deep Creek Lake count among Maryland’s most popular draws.