Visiting the United States? There are 50 states to see. If you want to experience “America in Miniature,” Maryland’s your destination.
Nicknamed “Little America” because of its multiple terrains, the small, oddly-shaped state of Maryland is where you can find almost any natural feature (except a desert landscape). While Baltimore and the Maryland suburbs of Washington bustle with energy, Maryland’s outer corners are peppered with sleepy little towns and farms. Horses run wild in one of Maryland’s famous parks, and you can step back in history by visiting Civil War battlefields — you might even get to watch a re-enactment!
Assateague Island is known for its wild horses, most of which have white patches; this coloring is called “pinto,” derived from the Spanish word for “painted.” Legend says these horses descended from Spanish horses shipwrecked off the Maryland coast centuries ago, but it’s now believed that the horses’ origins are less dramatic. The most likely theory is that the horses’ ancestors were brought to Assateague Island by mainland owners in the late 1600s, to avoid taxes on livestock.
Don’t get pinched
Blue crabs, native to Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, are a summertime seafood staple of Marylanders.
Life on the beach
The beachfront town of Ocean City is one of Maryland’s most popular vacation sites. Locals and visitors alike flock to this coastal resort, enjoying the sun, sand and other attractions. Here, an archway leads to Ocean City’s famous boardwalk, running parallel to the beach itself.
Let’s go, O’s!
Camden Yards, the baseball stadium where the Baltimore Orioles team plays, is the most Instagrammed spot in the state. Where else can you find a hot dog topped with crab?
Did you know?
America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was written by Francis Scott Key, a native Marylander. The flag that inspired the poem from 1814 is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington.