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Welcome to Maryland

From mountains to seashores and big cities to quaint villages, Maryland has much to offer the RVer. Explore the rich past of cities like Baltimore or Frederick, or blaze your own trail in its open spaces.

Start your adventure in Western Maryland, a mountainous region, with lots of outdoor activities, including boating and hiking. Charming towns—Cumberland, Frostburg, Grantsville, Hagerstown, Oakland and Sharpsburg—offer an array of choices for antiquing, historic attractions and outdoor fun.

Boonsboro is a convenient getaway to the area's Civil War heritage including Washington Monument State Park, South Mountain and Antietam National Battlefield, which commemorates the bloodiest one-day battle in American history, fought September 17, 1862.

Cumberland is an historic town (27 listings in the National Register of Historic Places) that has evolved into a vibrant arts community. Canal Place Heritage Area, at the western end of the C&O Canal, showcases the heritage of this former railroad hub and features a mix of retail, galleries and recreation.

With 65 miles of shoreline, Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County is Maryland's largest freshwater lake.

Capital Region
The Capital Region is so named because of its proximity to Washington, DC. Just around the corner from our nation's capital, you'll have plenty of reasons to visit the Capital Region. You can walk where Civil War troops clashed in "The Battle that Saved Washington" or visit attractions that feature the founder of the American Red Cross (Clara Barton National Historic Site) and the first U.S.-born saint (National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton).

Frederick has a vibrant downtown with more than 200 specialty shops, art galleries and historic locations. Nearby, is New Market, the "Antiques Capital of Maryland".

The NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Museum (GSFC) Visitor Center offers exhibits, interactive displays, models and examples of satellites and rocket flight hardware.

Central Maryland
Between the cultural allure of Baltimore and the historical charm of Annapolis, Maryland's capital, you'll have plenty of choices.

Since its refurbishment, the Inner Harbor has become an all-in-one-destination with waterside shopping, dining and entertainment. Here you'll find the Maryland Science Center and National Aquarium, a five-level exhibit of mammals, fish, rare birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Learn of the life and times of George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Baltimore's native son at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. Take in a ballgame at Camden Yards. Once a railroad station and warehouse, Camden Yards is now home to the Baltimore Orioles.

Take time to see the paintings of Great Masters at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum.

Maryland's oldest thoroughbred track, Pimlico Race Course, is the site of the annual Preakness Stakes, "The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown".

Fort McHenry, just beyond Federal Hill, is where Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem. At the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum, learn how railroads advanced America's westward expansion.

Stroll cobblestone streets of Annapolis where a walking tour is like visiting a museum without walls. The U.S. Naval Academy offers daily tours of the grounds, chapel and Bancroft Hall. Visit the State House and many of the city's historic homes.

Just minutes from the city, you'll find Maryland Thoroughbred horse farms, old mills and wide expanses of rolling landscape.

Southern Maryland
Southern Maryland is steeped in history including the site of the state's original capital in historic St. Mary's City. In 1634, the Ark and the Dove, two small wooden English ships, sailed up the Chesapeake Bay and arrived at St. Clement's Island where 140 settlers established the colony of Maryland. Amid the beauty of thick woods and the estuary formed by the Potomac and Patuxent rivers, the settlers established a vibrant community that reflected freedom and tolerance.

Southern Maryland is a tidewater wonderland. Gaze out at lighthouses, stroll along quiet beaches, wander waterfront villages and hike along woodland and riverside trails.

Eastern Shore
The Eastern Shore is known for its seafood—Maryland crab cakes, to be exact—and its many water activities. Spend a day on the bay. Or, drive from one waterfront village to the next in search of the perfect crab cake.

Approximately 8 million visitors annually visit Ocean City, a year-round resort on Maryland's Eastern Shore that boasts a 10-mile stretch of white sandy beaches, a three-mile boardwalk, amusement parks and an endless number of eateries and shops with some dating back to the 1920s. The cotton-candy vendors, arcades and other indulgences are mostly concentrated along the south end of the boardwalk. Highlights include Trimper's Rides with its antique restored carousel and roller coaster, the fishing pier and its Ferris Wheel-type ride, the Ocean City Wax Museum and the Ocean City Life-Saving Museum.

Located in the historic Chesapeake Bay village of St. Michaels, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum preserves the history and artifacts of one of America's most celebrated waterways. The boat collection includes the Edna E. Lockwood, a log-bottom bugeye craft and a National Historic Landmark. Besides the museum, St. Michaels offers a historic district, famous seafood and the bay's scenic charm.

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