Spring is in full bloom in Maryland so pack your weekend with adventure and check out these four cool reasons why you should visit Maryland now.
Maryland crabs. Maryland takes its crabs very, very seriously. These blue-shelled crustaceans are a state symbol, and you’ll never have to look far to find a crab house where you can dig into these Chesapeake Bay treasures. They’re best enjoyed steamed with a healthy shake of Maryland’s signature Old Bay seasoning.
There’s major history here. The War of 1812 was largely fought on the Chesapeake, and today, you can learn about this three-year clash against the British along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Fort McHenry National Monument, after all, is where Francis Scott Key penned the national anthem, and you can even see an original copy of the poem at the Maryland Historical Society. Dozens of other parks, museums and sites help tell the story of this instrumental war.
Mountains, beaches, and countryside, all in one neat little package. Maryland might be a rather small state, but there’s a reason they call it “America in Miniature.” Across its 10,460 square miles, you’ll find a taste of everything: rocky mountains lining the landscape along the Appalachians; crashing waves and sandy stretches along the Eastern Shore; rolling hills and flat lands filled with farm land; and bustling metropolises. Plus, 18 scenic drives let you soak it all up at your leisure.
Speaking of bustling metropolises… There isn’t a whole lot you can’t find in Baltimore. There’s the highly regarded National Aquarium and the equally impressive Baltimore Museum of Art. On the waters, you’ll find historic American ships like the USS Constellation. You can catch an Orioles game at the retro-style Camden Yards. And beyond the crabs, you’ll find a dining scene filled with comfort food, ethnic cuisine and trendy dishes.
(Main image: Randy Pertiet)