Maryland

United States of America
Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina featuring a marina, central business district and boating

This mid-Atlantic state has beautiful eastern ocean shores, rolling western mountains, and convenient access to Washington, D.C.

Visit Maryland for its beaches, blue crabs and battlefields. The state forms the northeastern border for the U.S. capital and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains.

Enjoy waterways throughout the state. Ocean City and other spots along the barrier islands protect the mainland and offer access to sunbathing, deep-sea fishing, ocean kayaking, sailing and surfing along the Atlantic Ocean. See wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore.

Go boating on the massive Chesapeake Bay and eat fresh blue crab from its waters. Kayak along the upper Potomac River or follow the serpentine route west to its source in the Appalachian Mountains.

Hike part of the 40.9 miles (65.8 kilometers) of the Appalachian Trail winding through the state. This section has flat to moderate elevation, good for family trips. Couple your hike with whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River. Nearby, spend solemn moments in Sharpsburg at the Antietam Battlefield, the site of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles.

Maryland’s cities offer varied activities. See white-uniformed sailors walking the streets of Annapolis, home of the U.S. Naval Academy. The Annapolis Maritime Museum provides insight into the area’s history as a major seafaring port. Visit the State House, built in 1772, or go to the harbor for a relaxing promenade or thrilling sail. The Historic Ships of Baltimore features the USS Constellation, the last all-sail U.S. warship.

Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city, is a beautiful spot on the ocean. Enjoy the waterfront skyline with older architectural gems next to modern high-rises. See the Baltimore Orioles play baseball at the retro-style stadium at Camden Yards. Nearby, Fort McHenry Monument memorializes the spot where Francis Scott Key saw a star-spangled U.S. flag flying in the rockets’ red glare during the War of 1812; the song would later become the U.S. national anthem.

Maryland itself has plenty of history. It’s hard to tell where the state ends and Washington D.C. begins. Stay in Bethesda and take public transportation to enjoy all the excitement of the nation’s capital.

Popular cities in Maryland

United States Capitol showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and autumn leaves
Washington
Known for Historical, Museums and Monuments
National treasures, American history and international politics take center stage in the U.S. capital city. 

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station Shopping Center
  • Capital One Arena
  • Columbus Circle
Baltimore featuring modern architecture, a city and night scenes
Baltimore
Known for Ports, Sports and Aquariums
Explore the birthplace of the national anthem, ride one of the nation’s first trains and visit a harbor full of historic ships, marine life and interactive museums.

Reasons to visit

  • Baltimore Convention Center
  • American Visionary Art Museum
  • Maryland Science Center
Annapolis
Annapolis
Known for Dining, Shopping and Historical
See sailing regattas, naval officers and red brick colonial mansions in the state of Maryland’s attractive capital city.

Reasons to visit

  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge
  • Sandy Point State Park
Ocean City featuring rides
Ocean City
Known for Beach view, Walking and Sea
A resort town with a sweeping shoreline and plenty of activities for families, this is one of Maryland’s foremost summer destinations.

Reasons to visit

  • Ocean City Boardwalk
  • Ocean City Beach
  • Maryland Beach
Frederick
Frederick
Known for Dining, Shopping and Historical
History gets a fresh twist in this city, where stylish bars and boutiques spill out of 19th-century buildings and winery trails traverse Civil War battlegrounds.

Reasons to visit

  • Carroll Creek Linear Park
  • Baker Park
  • National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Cumberland
Cumberland
Known for Excursions, Casinos and Historical
Love casinos, history, and hiking? Get away to Cumberland!