Maryland is often described as 'America in Miniature,' and for good reason. This small state has the best bits of the country, from the Appalachian Mountains in the west to sandy white beaches in the east. A blend of Northern streetwise and Southern down-home gives this most osmotic of border states an appealing identity crisis. Her main city, Baltimore, is a sharp, demanding port town; the Eastern Shore jumbles art-and-antique-minded city refugees and working fishermen; while the DC suburbs are packed with government and office workers seeking green space, and the poor seeking lower rents. Yet it all somehow works – scrumptious blue crabs, Natty Boh beer and lovely Chesapeake country being the glue that binds all.
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Maryland destination guides
Once one of the most important port towns in America, Baltimore – or 'Bawlmer' to locals – is a city of contradictions.
National Gallery of Art Small-Group Walking Tour
With an art historian as your guide, take a three-hour small-group tour of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. In a group of no more than six people, see some of the gallery’s most prized and adored works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Jan van Eyck and JMW Turner.
Annapolis City Safari Segway Tour
The 1.5-hour city safari begins with an indoor training session followed by street training in a secluded location. The tour then proceeds past historic locations including William Paca House, St John's College and the Maryland State House, founded in 1649.