Francis Scott Key wrote the American anthem at Fort McHenry (Baltimore).
Do not miss
In Annapolis, the few blocks between the Town Dock and the Maryland State House are filled with equal measures of history and charm. Once the United States Capitol, the State House is the oldest one still in continuous legislative use. Completed in 1803 to guard the entrance of Baltimore’s busy harbor, Fort McHenry became a national icon after withstanding a 24-hour bombardment by the British in 1814. You can walk the ramparts and tour the buildings. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a magnet for visitors, filled with entertainment options and attractions such as the USS Constellation, a three-masted sailing ship that saw action in the Civil War. The Baltimore Museum of Art holds the world’s largest collection of works by Henri Matisse. Among the most popular beaches of the mid-Atlantic coast, Ocean City has 1.6 km of free public beach and a 4.8 km classic wooden boardwalk. St. Michaels has its Waterman Wharf where visitors are drawn into the world of oystermen and crabbers. Civil War buffs will want to follow the entire self-guided tour of Antietam National Battlefield.