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Maryland's balmy coastal weather, close proximity to the nation's capital and phenomenal beaches make it an excellent place to enjoy a vacation. This small mid-coastal state is home to one of America's most beautiful bays, Chesapeake Bay. Maryland is nicknamed "America in miniature" because it offers a little of everything: urban charm, mountains, rolling plains and grasslands, crystal-clear coastal waters and a rich history. The state is also famous for its food; no vacation to Maryland is complete without sampling the fresh seafood, especially the delectable crab cakes.
Some of the many attractions and destinations in the state include:
- Baltimore: A vibrant city on the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore bustles with excitement and glimpses into America's storied history. Scenic Annapolis is also worth checking out if you want to take in a broader sampling of the state's urban style.
- Chesapeake Bay: Spanning beyond Baltimore, Maryland's famous bay is a world unto itself, with outstanding fishing, swimming and sightseeing. Spectacular sunsets are a daily occurrence making Chesapeake Bay a perfect romantic getaway for couples.
- Antietam Battlefield: The site of the single bloodiest battle in Civil War history, the Antietam Battlefield was the setting for the first Civil War battle fought in the North.
- The Appalachian Trail: Even though the Appalachian Trail only meanders through 40 miles of Maryland, it's among the most beautiful and scenic stretches on the entire route.
- Assateague Island National Seashore: Perhaps the most unique of the many Maryland National Parks, Assateague Island National Seashore is a barrier island that hosts an astonishing range of flora and fauna, including rare birds and wild ponies.
Summer is the perfect time to visit Maryland as Ocean City makes a perfect place for a family vacation. Annapolis' City Dock, which has remained virtually unchanged for a century, has summertime concerts by the shores of the Chesapeake. During the summer, you can also visit Maryland campgrounds and bring the family to one of the many water parks in Maryland.
For your accommodations, why not get a beach house if you're staying along the coast or a condo to better enjoy all the sights and sounds of the city? Vacation rentals offer more room and privacy than hotels and come complete with all the comforts of home.
Maryland is also close to two of the eastern United States' most storied and popular cities: Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Both are an easy day trip from just about anywhere in the state and offer a more complete glimpse into the vibrant culture of this important corner of the country.