Welcome to Southern Maryland
Tucked between the nation's capital, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, this little-known region is a patchwork of marsh, fields and forests spread across three counties. It's also home to the state's oldest European settlements and stunning riverscape vistas – all an hour or so from Washington, DC. The Religious Freedom Byway, a state scenic drive, spotlights the struggles of Protestant and Catholic settlers in the region. Their religious conflicts are engagingly explained in Historic St Mary's City, a sprawling living history museum near the southern tip of the peninsula. Nobody seems to be thinking much about religion near the waterfront in the tiki hut bar on Solomons Island. Kayakers should head to one of the coastline water trails of the tidal Potomac.