Granted a royal charter by Charles I in 1632, Cecil Calvert, Lord
Baltimore named the new colony in honor of King Charles' wife, Queen Henrietta Maria.
Following the Revolutionary War, Maryland ceded land to form the boundaries of the nation's new capital in Washington DC. The new nation was barely in its infancy, however, when the War of 1812 brought its old nemesis, the British, back to American soil.
attempt to capture Baltimore, the British heavily bombarded Fort McHenry throughout the day and night of September 13, 1814 when "the rockets red glare" inspired the famous lyrics to America's national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
Today, Maryland still plays a part in defending America's shores at the the US Naval Academy Museum in historic Annapolis. Other Maryland must-sees include stops along the coastal shore of Chesapeake Bay -- famous for its Maryland crabs and scenic beaches -- as well as Atlantic Ocean swimming, surfing, and summer attractions along the boardwalk at Ocean City,
Major attractions throughout Maryland include the Inner Harbor in Baltimore (left), fun in the sun
at Ocean City (pictured) and Chesapeake Bay, and tours of historic Annapolis (right).
In Baltimore, top family-friendly attractions include the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. For toddlers and younger kids, Port Discovery also offers wonderful activities and a chance to become part of the action at unique exhibits covering American history, science and
More history is on display at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, a mecca for baseball fans of all
ages. Or, spend a sunny afternoon outdoors at Baltimore's Cylburn
Arboretum for walks around the nature preserve featuring family-friendly activities and demonstrations throughout the year.
DID YOU KNOW? Maryland Travel Fun Facts
: Antiques capital: New Market
• Located at Swallow Falls State Park near Oakland, Muddy Creek Falls measures 63 feet high and is the state's largest waterfall.
Maryland Tourism - The official site featuring info on hotels & accommodations, restaurants, major tourist attractions, pictures, video clips, guides to cities and towns, historical background, kids activities, FAQ's, weather info, event calendar.
Baltimore.org - Check out neighborhood guides, pictures, fun facts, plus useful info on
hotels and restaurants, getting around, major attractions, seasonal events.
Ocean City Maryland Chamber of Commerce - Maryland by the sea - with beach guides,
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