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Chesapeake Bay, Maryland: Adventures on the Water

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Maryland may be small, but it’s big in history, natural beauty and things to see and do. From clambakes and bonfires to scenic drives through mountains or evenings spent on Ocean City’s boardwalk, this diverse state welcomes visitors with a blend of modern life and history.

Maryland speaks volumes about US maritime life and culture. A dozen lighthouses set Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic aglow, and maritime museums and parks bring Mid-Atlantic history to life. Don't miss trying the cuisine, fresh-caught from the Maryland waterways, which tells a mouthwatering story of its own.

State capital Annapolis offers tours and sailing schools for seafarers. See the state by land on a driving tour along one of Maryland's 18 scenic byways, including the Historic National Road through the mountains or Chesapeake Country Byway along the state’s waterfront villages. Hike the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, a complex and illuminating network of trails that let you explore a substantial part of US history, and visit the Maryland Museum of Military History in Baltimore for an education in the country’s military past. Don’t leave without unwinding on one of Maryland’s family-friendly beaches or spending a fun night in Baltimore or Gaithersburg, where you’ll also find museums, parks, science centers and zoos.

Chesapeake Bay, Maryland: Adventures on the Water

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Maryland gave the USA its first railroad, dental school and umbrella factory.

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