Every Friday in 2013, the Let’s Fly Away Across the USA series will feature a different state, documenting the things we love about each sate and what you should do or see when you visit. Want to submit your photos or travel tips? Visit the Across the USA page.
I’m not going to lie, Maryland is another state I never gave a second thought. I really didn’t realize how diverse it is — as Betsy says, you can experience urban, nautical, and outdoor life in the state, with great history to boot! I think that’s what I love about this series — finding all these unexpected things about each state that you just wouldn’t know unless you lived in or visited the area.
I’m Betsy, and I blog at Betsy Transatlantically. I live in Silver Spring, in the heart of the DC suburbs – I grew up here and, after a few years in New York and Paris for college and a few more in London for graduate school and then work, I moved back! No matter where else I live, Maryland will always be home.
BETSY LOVES // Maryland is the best because it offers so may different options for every lifestyle. You can experience the city in urban Baltimore; you can try out the nautical life on the Chesapeake Bay along the Eastern Shore; and you can have adventures hiking, camping, and rafting in the Appalachian Mountain region.
BETSY RECOMMENDS //
1. Annapolis. The state capital, Annapolis, has a quaint historical district and a lovely harbor and, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch sight of the boys from the Naval Academy wandering around in uniform!
2. Assateague Island. Besides the famous herds of wild horses, Assateague Island boasts beautiful beaches that are perfect for canoeing on the Bay side and surfing on the Atlantic side.
3. Antietam National Battlefield. Maryland was the site of some of the Civil War’s fiercest battles, and the history and culture of this era comes movingly to life at Antietam National Battlefield.
FOR BONUS POINTS // CRABCAKES AND FOOTBALL! THAT’S WHAT MARYLAND DOES!
Thank you to the Maryland Office of Tourism for providing the photos for this post and the following recommendations!
1. Baltimore City. From the vibrant, foot-friendly Inner Harbor area to a host of eclectic neighborhoods like Mount Vernon, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Canton, Hampden and Harbor East, Baltimore entices visitors with unique attractions, chic boutiques and restaurants, inspirational performances and acclaimed museums. This is also the home of the National Anthem, and a key site for War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations.
2. Annapolis. Maryland’s capital city, known in some circles as “America’s Sailing Capital,” has several launching points for boating, fishing, and other Chesapeake Bay-based recreation. Check in with one of several professional charter operations in the area, and then expand your knowledge of the bay with a visit to the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
3. Ocean City. Beyond a 10-mile strand of white Ocean City sand, you’ll find roller coasters, water slides, speedboat rides and miniature golf. It’s not uncommon to while away entire days on the world-famous, Victorian style boardwalk, eating ice cream, buying T-shirts and playing amusement park games. Golfing, antiquing and outlet shopping are popular pursuits all year long, followed by dinner at a seaside restaurant.
For more info on any areas in Maryland, go to www.visitmaryland.org.