Maryland is a coastal state with a double whammy of city action from the capital of America itself, Washington D.C. and the charming waters of Baltimore. Starting with America’s capital, Washington, you’ve got the home of the U.S. president plus world-class museums, memorials and more. One of the top activities here is to visit all the presidential memorials and you’ve got the iconic Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the impressive Jefferson Memorial. There’s also the Martin Luther King Jr memorial to add to the package. Next up are the museums of Washington, most of which are free to enter. There’s the airplanes and rockets of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the dinosaurs, Egyptian

mummies and ancient fossils of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art with its works from legendary artists Da Vinci, Monet and Rafael. The second biggest city is beautiful Baltimore which sits atop the waters like an American Venice. Centred around the picturesque Inner Harbour, there’s historic ships, top seafood restaurants, the city’s popular National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Museum, plus an array of shops, bars and cafes. Baltimore’s National Aquarium is one of our favourites and you can see an array of beautiful marine life here. If you’re brave enough, you can have a go at touching stingrays or even catch a fun dolphin show.

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Baltimore is rich in American marine history and the Fort McHenry National Monument and Museum is a great place to learn about the part Baltimore has played in the history of the U.S Navy. If you climb the fort’s old walls, the view from the top is quite spectacular and makes a great holiday photo moment. Ocean City is one of the best beach resorts in all of Maryland, and here you can relax on the sandy beaches, try some water sports or hit the beach arcades. There’s also a theme park here and boat rides out to some of the charming remote islands off Maryland’s rugged coast.

But it’s not just the cities in Maryland that pack a punch. Head out to Deep Creek Lake where you can go fishing, hiking, camping or go even wilder with zip-lining through the forest canopies or white-water rafting along the rush of river rapids. If you visit in winter, you can hit the slopes for a spot of skiing too! A holiday to Maryland is filled with adventure, whether it’s of the historical kind, beside the sea or in the dense forests of this beautiful state.

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Maryland is famous for its incredible seafood, particularly the crab. Food stalls sell more crab cakes than they do burgers or hotdogs!


Rock Creek Park spans a huge 1,800 acres and was built by congress as a haven of tranquillity away from the city back in 1890.


The Library of Congress is the world’s biggest library with over 162 million pieces and a total of 535 miles of bookshelves.


Annapolis is nicknamed the sailing capital of the world. Why not charter a yacht or join a boat tour there?


The American Railroad began in Baltimore. You can visit the biggest collection of rail artefacts in the Western Hemisphere at the museum there.


The iconic cherry trees of Washington D.C. were a gift from Japan in the early 20th century. They are now one of Washington’s biggest attractions.


Fort McHenry was built to defend Baltimore’s Inner Harbour and was the place where the American National anthem was composed.


In Baltimore, you can see the Navy’s last sailing warship, the USS Constellation, which was built in 1854.


Smith Island, located in the Chesapeake Bay, is Maryland's only inhabited island. The rest are completely uninhabited and remote.


Assateague Island is home to a number of wild ponies and once a year people from Chincoteague Island round them up for the annual pony swim.