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Maryland has been called "Free State", "America in Miniature" and "Old Line State" The Chesapeake Bay is the largest body of water in Maryland. There are many rivers, streams, lakes and ponds as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Summer is the peak tourist season in Maryland Peak season for the Eastern Shore is April thru October for boating and fishing. Western Maryland visitor attractions are year round with beautiful snow in the winter and cooler summers than the rest of the state.

If you love outdoors, you will love Western Maryland with its lakes, and many biking and hiking trails. There are the Catoctin Mountains along with Deep Creek Lake. You can ski at Wisp Resort which is only a few hours away from the more populated eastern area.

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Annapolis is home to the United States Naval Academy which was founded on October 10, 1845;

The first railroad station in Baltimore was the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company built in 1830;

The first school in the US was the King Williams School opened in 1696 as a preparatory school later to be called St. John's College;

Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, was born in Baltimore and attended Saint Mary's Industrial School;

Tilghman Island is home to the Skipjacks, the only commercial sailing fleet in North America;

America's national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key a Maryland lawyer;

The National Aquarium is located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor;

The 1,200 feet wide and four lanes the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore is the second longest continuous truss bridge in the nation;

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge (William Preston Lane Memorial), joins rural Eastern Shore region with the urban Western Shore over the Chesapeake Bay;

Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay is Maryland's only inhabited off-shore island;

Backbone Mountain in Garrett County is 3,360 feet above sea level and the highest point in Maryland;

Chincoteague's are famous ponies from Assateague Island;

In 1902 Maryland was first to enact Workmen's compensation laws;

The Concord Point Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operated lighthouse in the State of Maryland;

Mount Airy is unique because two counties, Carroll and Frederick, divide it;

New Market is also known as Maryland's antique capital;

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is held every year from August and October in Crownsville;

Maryland home of the famous Maryland Blue Crabs;

Sixteen of the 23 Maryland counties border on tidal water;

The only open railroad bridge of its type anywhere in the world is the Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge in Savage is constructed of cast and wrought iron;

Did You Know This About Maryland:

Annapolis is Maryland's Capital
Maryland was admitted to Statehood: April 28, 1788
Area: 12,407 square miles, Water 2,633 square miles, Coastline 31 miles, Shoreline 3,190 miles
Area Codes are: 240 - 301 - 410 - 443
Agriculture is: Agriculture: Cattle, corn, dairy, poultry and eggs, seafood, soybeans

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