Maryland is a Mid-Atlantic state that’s defined by its abundant waterways and coastlines on the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Its largest city, Baltimore, has a long history as a major seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, home to the National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center.  According to some historians, General George Washington bestowed the name “Old Line State” and thereby associated Maryland with its regular line troops (the Maryland Line) who served courageously in many Revolutionary War battles.

Travel along one of Maryland’s scenic byways or the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop to enjoy Maryland’s countless outdoor activities. Hike along the Appalachian Trail, camp out on the beach at Assateague Island, bike along the Western Maryland Rail Trail and go whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River.

The county seat of Allegany County, Cumberland, was the starting point of the now-famous, very historic National Road … as in America’s first federally funded highway. Thomas Jefferson’s great experiment back in 1811 was the way west for many American settlers and – you guessed it – good old Mile Marker Zero of that highway is in Cumberland.

Back in the day, travelers made the journey in covered wagons or on horseback or foot and it took just about forever. These days, though, it’s very easy to reach Cumberland from Washington, Baltimore and Pittsburgh and start your own road trip. Mile Marker Zero is still there, and about eight miles up the road is an original toll house that still tells you how much it cost men, women, children and mules to traverse the highway more than 200 years ago. (Bonus: There are no tolls on the road today!)

Whether you’re looking to hit the trails to hike to scenic viewpoints, race down paths on mountain bikes, or traverse the region’s expansive system of waterways, outdoor recreation enthusiasts will find no shortage of activities throughout Maryland. >MORE


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