With diverse urban centers, Civil War sites, and a beautiful coastline, Maryland is one of the most-visited states in the union. Like many of its East Coast neighbors, Maryland is best known for its lovely beaches, from popular Ocean City to the sleepy Eastern Shore. Maryland is also home to myriad state parks and green spaces, making it truly - as National Geographic magazine once said - "America in miniature."
Hike part of the Appalachian Trail, try your hand at clam digging on the coastal bays, check out a baseball or football game in Baltimore or tour the Civil War battlefields in Antietam and Monocacy. Whatever you choose, Maryland has something for everyone, and a stay in one of our Maryland vacation rentals ensures you feel right at home during your explorations.
Settled in the early 1600s, Maryland became a haven for English Catholics fleeing religious persecution. As the 13th colony to side with the Americans during the Revolutionary War, Maryland became a state in 1788 and saw its population explode from an influx of German and Irish immigrants. Divided in spirit during the Civil War due to its unenviable position of having land both north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line, Maryland nevertheless fought for the Union and became a haven for African-Americans after the war's end. Today, it's home to many D.C. politicians, military personnel, and war veterans, and is the one of the wealthiest states in the nation.
Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland with more than a half million residents and is home to Camden Yards - where the Baltimore Orioles play - as well as the Preakness Stakes, part of horse racing's Triple Crown. The Baltimore Museum of Art, which has the world's largest collection of Matisse paintings, is also located here, as is the birthplace of Babe Ruth - so hit the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum if you are a fan of the famous slugger.
Annapolis, the state capital, is the oldest capital in the nation, and is home to the U.S. Naval Academy and pristine examples of 18th-century architecture. The towns of Sharpsburg and Frederick are worthy of a visit due to their strategic place in Civil War history. Follow the Maryland Civil War Trail to discover more important sites during your visit.
The coastal hamlets offer a pleasing respite from the big cities. Ocean City is arguably the main attraction of Maryland's shore, and sees an influx of sun worshippers and kite surfers come summer. The less-traveled Eastern Shore, extending from Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic, offers plenty of small-town delights. Chestertown boasts colonial homes and Washington College, the 10th-oldest in the country. Cambridge features the 27,000 acre Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where you can spy 250 species of birds and more than 100 types of plants. St. Michaels is a quaint town offering mom-and-pop shops galore, as well as the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - it's a great town to dig for clams and oysters as well as sail into the sunset.
From cities teeming with energy to small towns with a slower pace of life, Maryland has it all...and our Maryland vacation rentals are the choice spot from which one can explore every corner!
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