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Maryland incorporates an area of just 10,000 square miles and extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains. With the magnificent Chesapeake Bay at its heart and the Atlantic Ocean its eastern boundary, Maryland is all about water. Baltimore is a major port, Annapolis is home to the U.S. Naval Academy and the Chesapeake (which comes from a Native American word meaning "great shellfish bay") provides the ingredients for Maryland's world-famous crab cakes. A stop in Baltimore is a must. The area is filled with history and there are great sights throughout the city, but its Inner Harbor is the best place to begin any visit to Maryland's largest city.

The Inner Harbor hosts many great attractions, restaurants and shops. A highlight for visitors is the Showcase of Nations, which offers colorful ethnic festivals each weekend from June to October. A favorite stop is the National Aquarium, a five-story structure which houses an Atlantic coral reef in a 335,000-gallon tank, a South American rain forest In a glass pyramid, the Open Ocean where visitors can get an up-close look at several species of sharks, and a 1.2-million-gallon dolphin habit.

At Pier 1 is the USS Constellation, the last Civil War vessel still afloat and the last all-sail warship built by the Navy. Many artifacts are displayed and visitors can try their hand at turning the capstan and setting the sails. For a personal look at the people who have made Baltimore their home, groups can take a walking tour through the charming neighborhoods of Little Italy, Union Square, or Federal Hill, where 4,000 residents gathered celebrate the ratification of the Constitution in 1788. From the Inner Harbor you can reach Fort McHenry, which guards the entry to Baltimore's harbor, by boat (by motorcoach)...read more »

Ocean City Maryland

Free beaches, white sand, a boardwalk that stretches from here to eternity, and the buzz of a whole bevy of pleasure seekers give Ocean City, Maryland more than its fair share of charm as a vacation destination. It draws East Coasters and visitors from afar to its playful shores, so donít be surprised if you, too, are soon caught up in the flow of humanity that will lead you straight to fun, sun, and top-notch diversions.

Thereís something old-fashioned and innocent about a boardwalk; it symbolizes friendship, hedonism, and long summers filled with ice cream cones and beach volleyball. People laugh and play when thereís a venue for it, and boardwalks are the perfect centerpiece for the timeless activities that define a carefree vacation from work, school, and the general pressures of life in the city...read more »

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