About Map: Situated in the Mid-Atlantic region of America, Maryland is one of the smallest and most densely populated states of the United States. It has Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean to its east, Pennsylvania to its north; West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington, D.C to its south and west.
Maryland was founded in June 1632, by a charter granted by King Charles I of England. One of the original 13 colonies,
Despite its small size, Maryland has a diverse topography and is popularly called “America in Miniature”. It has forested Appalachian foothills and mountains to its west, sandy dunes to its east and low marshlands near Chesapeake Bay. The Potomac, the Patapsco, and the Susquehanna are some of the important rivers of the state.
Summers in Maryland vary from mild to hot, and the eastern and southern areas experience greater humidity. Eastern shore and southern Maryland have mild winters, but winters in the western region can be cold with more snowfall.
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Its diverse topography makes Maryland a popular destination for tourists. Some places you can visit when in Maryland are:
Western Maryland: Do visit the historic city of Cumberland; once the railway hub of the state. Deep Creek Lake, Maryland’s largest freshwater lake; Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg; Swallow Falls in Oakland; and Casselman River Bridge in Grantsville are other places of tourist interest.
Capital Region: The region around Annapolis, the capital of Maryland has a lot to offer to its visitors. Take a stroll along the Anacostia River in Bladensburg; explore the Brunswick Railroad Museum, in Brunswick; visit the National Shrines of the Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmetsburg or take a trip to the historic Frederick city. Outdoor activities enthusiasts would love the National Harbor city. Visit Silver Spring and enjoy its vibrant cultural scene.
Central Maryland: Central Maryland is the hub of tourism. The Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Annapolis City Dock, in Annapolis, and the town of Westminster tops the must-see list of every tourist. Do not forget to visit Havre de Grace for an authentic Chesapeake Bay experience.
Southern Maryland: Visit the Historic St. Mary's City, and learn about the history of the first years of Maryland. Enjoy your break in the beach towns of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach. North Beach is also home to the famous Bayside History Museum.
Eastern Shore: When in Maryland, enjoy Eastern Shore hospitality in the beautiful city of Cambridge and explore the pristine beaches of the Ocean City, the Assateague Island National Seashore and the Chesapeake city. If you are an avid outdoor activities enthusiast, Berlin and Chestertown are your cities. Important places of interest also include the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge in Rock Hall; Kent Island, historic Elkton city, the culturally rich Salisbury city and Vienna, one of the oldest colonial settlements of Maryland.
Last Updated On : July 22, 2014
Joined the UnionApril 28, 1788 (7th state)
NicknameOld Line State
Area12,407 sq mi
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean