Maryland: Visiting the free state

Deep Creek Lake is the largest body of water in the state of Maryland. Photo courtesy Patrick Clemens.

Patrick Clemens 

Staff Writer

If we were to take all the geographic diversity, historical landmarks, and bustling urban areas that we have visited so far and pack them into a relatively small state, that state would be Maryland. Maryland is as old as the Union itself and is the true middle of the east coast. To northerners, Maryland is the beginning of the south. To southerners, Maryland is the beginning of the north. It occupies a unique middle ground and is home to battlefields upon which the nation was forged and fought over. Maryland donated the land that would become the District of Columbia, or the Capital district of the United States.

On its eastern shore, Maryland holds flat, coastal farmland and the beach town of Ocean City, a popular east coast vacation destination. Splitting the state down the center is the Chesapeake Bay, the home of the state’s famous blue crabs and a well-known estuary facilitating heavy shipping traffic and recreational boating. Baltimore is the dominant city of the state, though not the capital, and sits on a tributary of the Chesapeake. Baltimore is an old industrial city, but the national anthem of our country was penned in its harbor and its old forts radiate history.

Finally, Western Maryland is almost another state to itself. Nestled among the mountains, Western Maryland is provides gorgeous natural scenery from mountains to trees to lakes. Maryland is the United States example of packing a lot into a small space.

Ocean City makes a perfect place for summer beach trips! Photo courtesy Patrick Clemens.