Maryland: Old Line State
People interested in the history and politics of the United States often limit themselves to Washington DC , which is a shame, because Maryland also has many traces of the history of the early years of the United States. So if you’re in the area, be sure to make a stop in Maryland. Wondering what you can do here? Then read on quickly!
11 points of interest in Maryland
According to growtheology, Maryland is rich in history from the early years of the United States. The historic districts, streets and other sights take you back in time.
1. Fort McHenry
O! Say can you see…” Does this text sound familiar to you? These are the first lines of the American national anthem. While defending Fort McHenry at the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired by the waving flag, with its distinctive stars, above the fort. He then wrote “The Star-Sprangled Banner,” which would eventually become the American national anthem. In Fort McHenry you can learn more about the history of the national anthem, as well as the Civil War and World War II. You are free to walk through the building yourself. If you’re in the area in September, you might want to take part in Defenders’ Day, which commemorates the siege of Fort McHenry and the Battle of Baltimore throughout the fort.
2. Fell’s Point
If you’re in Baltimore, be sure to head to the Fell’s Point neighborhood. This is the city’s oldest historic district, right on the harbour. In the sixteenth century, this was one of the first landing points for the settlers in Maryland. Many European shipbuilders lived there at the time. You can still find these European influences in the streets and buildings. For example, everything is within walking distance of each other. A must-see in the area is Robert Long House, the oldest house in town. Or drink a beer in one of the many pubs or restaurants.
3. U.S. Naval Academy
As you may already know, Defense plays a huge role in everyday life in America. In Annapolis, in the east of the state, you can get a glimpse into an American defense training. The US Naval Academy is located here. That is why you see so many sailors in a white uniform in this city! At the US Naval Academy, young Americans are trained to become marines. At the same time, they also follow theoretical training. Guided tours are offered for the public of the grounds. Definitely recommended, because the building alone is very impressive. Please note that as a foreigner you must bring your passport as a form of identification; otherwise you are unfortunately not allowed to enter.
4. Oriole Park at Camden Yard
A thoroughly American activity to do during your vacation: attending a baseball game! In Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in the heart of Baltimore, you can. This is the home stadium of the Baltimore Orioles, the city’s baseball team, which also plays in the Major Baseball League. The ultimate experience of an American sports match also includes a ‘cap’ and a large bowl of popcorn. Not much of a sports fan? The stadium also organizes guided tours, which take you to special places, such as the press room and the dugout. A tour costs about $16 for adults.
5. Ocean City Boardwalk
For a real American coastal experience, head to eastern Maryland. Here you will find the picturesque seaside town of Ocean City. This coastal town is best known for the Ocean City Boardwalk, a boardwalk about three miles long. Along this promenade you will find numerous shops, restaurants and hotels. Eat an ice cream at Dumser’s Ice Cream or take a ride on one of the roller coasters at Jolly Roger Amusements. Do you prefer to be active? There is also plenty to do on the beach, from beach volleyball to bike rides. In short, Ocean City Boardwalk is the ideal outing for the whole family!
6. Historic Downtown Frederick
The town of Frederick is located in the north of the state. This has been a small but important town since the beginning of American history. Due to its central location, the city was the center of several trade routes. Many of the colonial buildings survive in Frederick Historic District. It is therefore fun and educational to take a walk through this area of the city. Be sure to stop at Community Bridge, a distinct mural; or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Antique lovers can shop to their heart’s content in the many antique shops.
7.Annapolis Historic District
America’s first president, George Washington, loved coming here: Annapolis, one of Maryland’s largest cities, in the eastern part of the state. That’s reason enough to go there! Now Washington DC is of course the capital of the country, but in the early days of the republic Annapolis was the capital. In Annapolis Historic District you will find many traces from the colonial era. Visit Maryland State House, the nation’s oldest state capitol; or take a guided walk (dressed in period costumes!) through the centre.
8. The Awakening Sculpture, National Harbor
If you really want to see something special during your trip, stop in National Harbor. This town on the Potomac River, just outside Washington DC, is best known for a huge statue: Awakening Sculpture. The statue was designed in 1980 by J. Seward Johnson Jr. What makes this statue so special is that it is ‘buried’ in the ground. It must represent a ‘giant’ trying to escape from the earth. What remains are five large protruding body parts several meters high, including a hand and a leg. So be sure to bring your camera! At the end of April-beginning of May, the city turns pink, because of the cherry blossoms that are in bloom. This attracts a lot of tourists. Do you like shopping? Then National Harbor is also a good tip. You will find nice shops here, but also several outlets.
9. Rockville Town Square
Attention shopping enthusiasts! Just outside Washington DC is the beautiful Rockville Town Square shopping center. The building itself immediately stands out with its red bricks and large clock. You will not only find beautiful shops here, but also various restaurants. From Asian to Mexican: you can try it all here. Are you here in winter? Then there is a large ice rink and the entire square is attractively lit.
10. C&O Canal – Paw Paw Tunnel
Paw Paw Tunnel is located in the west of the state, on the border with West Virginia. This tunnel, about two miles long, was built around 1835 to bypass the Paw Paw Bends in the Potomac River. These are bends in the river in the shape of a horseshoe, which made transportation very difficult. Paw Paw Tunnel is therefore a complicated yet impressive construction. Visitors are free to walk through the tunnel. Wear good shoes and bring a flashlight. It can be very dark in the tunnel!
11. Havre de Grace Promenade
In the northwest of the state is the picturesque Havre de Grace. From Havre de Grace Promenade, which is about a mile long, you have a beautiful view of Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. Shipping is very important to this town. If you want to know more about it, you can visit the Maritime Museum Havre de Grace or Concord Point Lighthouse. This town is ideal if you are looking for peace!
What can you do in Maryland?
Maryland is a good alternative if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Washington DC. If you like (colonial) history, this is the place for you!
How many days do you need in Maryland?
The state is not very big, so the distances are easy to drive. In just under a week you have certainly seen all the major highlights of the state!
What are the top rated hotels in Maryland?
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