It is the unique goal of travel adventurers to visit all 50 states in America. To boost this objective, each week we shall explore one state. Alphabetically, the 20th to visit is none other than Maryland, abbreviated MD. Regardless of the order in which you visit them, Maryland, the Old Line State, is well worth your time.
Visit state # 20- Maryland
|State Motto||Fatti maschii, parole femine (strong deeds, gentle words)|
|State Flower||Black-eyed Susan|
|State Bird||Baltimore Oriole|
|State Gemstone||Patuxent River Stone|
|Famous Foods||Steamed Crabs, Crab Cakes, Crab Chips, Old Bay, Thrashers French fries, Natty Boh, Pit Beef, Berger Cookies, Smith Island Cake, Fisher’s Popcorn and more.|
Maryland, named for the English Queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Mary, sits in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The state shares borders with Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to the south and west, Pennsylvania to the north, and Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean to its east. Baltimore is the largest city in the state, yet the more centrally located city of Annapolis is the capital. Maryland has multiple nicknames. In addition to Old Line State are the Chesapeake Bay State and the Free State. Admitted to the union in 1788 as the 7th state and one of the thirteen original colonies, Native Americans initially inhabited the land, mainly the Algonquin and some Iroquois and Siouian.
The state’s early economy was plantation-based and centered on the cultivation of tobacco. Although a slave state, Maryland remained in the Union during the American Civil war and played a significant role in history. Maryland also played a vital role in the Industrial Revolution, and the state’s population grew rapidly since the 1940s. By 2015, the state boasted the highest median household income of any state. Though one of the smallest US states, its location along the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay estuary and tributaries and its proximity to Washington DC historically provided the state with a rich history, culture, and ability to thrive economically.
Maryland hosts a plethora of biotechnology companies and important facilities such as Johns Hopkins University, the Federal Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, and more. Additionally, the state is proud of its variable climate, coastal locations, and bountiful cities, which attract tourists year-round. Among visitors’ favorite things to do include Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. This unit of the National Park Service is the site of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” in September of 1814.
For those who enjoy historic neighborhoods and tours, Baltimore’s Fell’s Point is the place to go. Come explore the charming national historic district on foot, featuring history that dates to the 18th century. Stroll the cobblestone streets, visit historic buildings, stop in craft and antique stores, visit art galleries and street fairs, and grab a hot coffee or refreshing beverage at one of the city’s comfy coffee houses. And, if you’re hoping for a great hike and view of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, enjoy Federal Hill with its trendy boutiques, fashion, décor, and lively nightlife. Federal Hill is noted as a defensive stronghold during the war of 1812 and replica cannons rest on the hill to honor its important role as a military outpost.
In addition, there are numerous other fun things to do which include the National Aquarium, Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, B&O Railroad Museum, George Peabody Library, Antietam National Battlefield and more. The state is also home to excellent seaside cities such as Ocean City Beach and awesome parks like Seneca Creek State Park. Sports fans will enjoy a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Severn River is the U.S. Naval Academy. Rich in history and beauty, this Annapolis establishment boasting attractive buildings and grounds has been in operation since 1845. Today it carries on its legacy and continues to prepare men and women for professional careers in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Maryland is a state rich in history, culture, and intrigue. Whether you head to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to shop and dine or take a ride aboard a cruise ship offering harbor tours, food, drinks, and fun nightlife, adventure and excitement await you. For those seeking time in nature, visit Great Falls along the border of Maryland and Virginia to observe gushing waterfalls and rapids set amongst a mountain atmosphere. There, the unparalleled beauty of the state comes alive for all to enjoy.
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I lived in MD for 34 years, and operated a horticultural business there. Agriculture is big business in the state, with almost all farms family-owned.
When my children were young, we enjoyed driving through the countryside. We frequently ended up in St, Michaels, a small and quaint town close to the bay, with shops, good restaurants, and places of nautical interest. Nice way to spend a day.