Tourist Attractions and Best Places to visit in Maryland

The small state of Maryland wraps around the huge Chesapeake Bay, which almost divides it in half. The state is almost divided again, farther west, where at one point only 1.6 miles of Maryland separates the Virginia and Pennsylvania state lines.

Antietam National Battlefield

Few places illustrate the terrible cost of war like Antietam National Battlefield, scene of the bloodiest day’s battle in the Civil War. On September 17, 1862, the Union army, coming from the east, met Robert E. Lee’s Confederates, approaching from the west. In the battle that followed, nearly 23,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing in action. Today, the battlefield is still open countryside, studded with monuments to the regiments of both sides.

National Aquarium

The dramatic building overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor replicates several ecosystems as homes for marine life from all over the world, as well as birds, mammals, and appropriate plant life. The largest of these is the five-story Tropical Rain Forest, which you can explore at various levels to see birds, frogs, plants, and even sloths and monkeys

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum is one of Baltimore’s most popular attractions and offers a look at some of America’s railroad history. The museum operates out of historical buildings, including the Mount Clare Station, and showcases an extensive collection of locomotives and coaches, most of them in working order. The main attraction in the Roundhouse, where the rolling stock is displayed, is a turntable with 22 connecting lines.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse is the visual centerpiece of a collection of historic buildings and boats that illustrate the life and work on the Chesapeake Bay since the Native Americans hollowed out logs for canoes.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

The C&O Canal operated from 1828-1924 as a transportation route, primarily hauling coal along the Potomac River to Georgetown. Hundreds of locks, lock houses and aqueducts are still standing as reminders of the canal’s role as a transportation system during the Canal Era. The canal follows the route of the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD.