Maryland boasts a wealth of historical, cultural and tourist attractions, along with a host of year-round outdoor activities. You can feel the pull of history looking out over the Civil War battlefields of Antietam, walking the storied docks of Annapolis, or touring the birthplace of the nation’s “Star-Spangled Banner” at Fort Mc Henry. You can sail the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, first charted by legendary explorer Captain John Smith, or try your hand surfing, fishing or boating on some of the more than 4,000 miles of Maryland coastline.
Visitors head to Western Maryland for relaxation at lakeside cabins and mountain resorts and for active pursuits such as hiking along Appalachian trails, fishing, whitewater rafting and skiing. Here, you can visit the charming towns of Cumberland, Frostburg, Grantsville, Hagerstown, Oakland and Sharpsburg - all offering an array of choices for lodging, shopping, antiquing, historic attractions and outdoor fun. You can ride aboard a steam-engine train through the mountains; stop by a Civil War site (Antietam National Battlefield is here); venture out on the C&O Canal towpath; take the kids camping at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park.
In Maryland’s Capital Region, just round the corner from Washington D.C., you’ll find arts and entertainment districts, Six Flags America, historic sites, the Frederick Wine Trail (includes six wineries), world-class shopping, the NASA spaceflight facility and two minor-league baseball teams. Bethesda and Silver Spring, both across the Washington, D.C. line in Montgomery County, have a seemingly unlimited number of restaurants and entertainment options. The town of Frederick, less than an hour from Washington, D.C. also has a vibrant downtown section -- 100 specialty shops and art galleries, 200 antique dealers, 30 restaurants and a host of historic locations. Nearby, is New Market, the “Antiques Capital of Maryland.” And if you’re looking for outdoor fun, the Capital Region has ample opportunities for hiking, biking, boating and golf.
The Central Region of Maryland boasts Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and so much more. In one day, you can see where Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem, visit the Babe Ruth Museum, have a terrific seafood lunch, then drive to Annapolis where you can stroll cobblestone streets and have a relaxing dinner near the City Dock. Take in a ballgame at Camden Yards, attend a symphony performance or see live theater. You’ll find Maryland Thoroughbred horse farms, old mills and wide expanses of rolling landscape. Toward the bay, you’ll come across waterside communities that are havens for boating and fishing.
Southern Maryland is a tidewater wonderland. Here, you can gaze out at noble lighthouses; search for fossils along quiet beaches; stroll through waterfront villages; hike along woodland, riverside and cypress-swamp trails; Bike across wide-open spaces. Visit the Eastern Shore of Maryland and spend a day on the bay; discover this region’s history and allure while sailing; or, drive from one waterfront village to the next in search of the perfect crab cake. In Ocean City, along a 10-mile stretch of white sandy beaches, you'll find a boardwalk, amusement parks, an abundance of hotels and eateries, and more than two dozen nearby golf courses.
Once described by National Geographic as “America in Miniature,” Maryland boasts a wealth of historical, cultural and tourist attractions for day-trippers and vacationers alike.
The major airport serving the region is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Airport).
Despite its small size, Maryland exhibits considerable climatic diversity. Temperatures vary from an annual average of 48° in the extreme western uplands to 59° in the southeast, where the climate is moderated by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.