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Maryland has been rightly called a microcosm of American history, with important sites representing everything from early settlements and the Revolution to the Space Age, all of which make the tiny state very popular with tourists. At St. Mary's City, one of the earliest settlements has been excavated and reconstructed. Baltimore and Annapolis have outstanding colonial and Federalist-era homes. Gracious plantations line tidal rivers. A major Civil War battlefield and scene of the Harpers Ferry raid are close by. The Industrial Revolution played out in Baltimore and the C&O Canal helped push the westward expansion. The Pawtuxet Naval Air ...

Maryland has been rightly called a microcosm of American history, with important sites representing everything from early settlements and the Revolution to the Space Age, all of which make the tiny state very popular with tourists. At St. Mary's City, one of the earliest settlements has been excavated and reconstructed. Baltimore and Annapolis have outstanding colonial and Federalist-era homes. Gracious plantations line tidal rivers. A major Civil War battlefield and scene of the Harpers Ferry raid are close by. The Industrial Revolution played out in Baltimore and the C&O Canal helped push the westward expansion. The Pawtuxet Naval Air Station and other bases bring air and naval history into the 21st century.

Chesapeake Bay cuts the state in half, making it both a playground for salt-water enthusiasts and a mecca for seafood lovers. From its long sandy Atlantic beaches to the fall foliage and sports opportunities of the western mountains, Maryland matches attractions with every interest. There's plenty of fun to be had here, no matter what you're seeking.

Stillman Rogers
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Stillman Rogers has written more than two dozen guidebooks, including Adventure Guide to Canada's Atlantic Provinces, Guide to Eastern Canada, and Adventure Guide to the Chesapeake.

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