Maryland is a state with a fascinating history. The state was named after England's Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I. Visitors love to explore the historic towns, beaches and beautiful natural areas and enjoy activities such as boating, swimming, fishing, bird watching, biking and golf. The resort communities along the Eastern Shore host wonderful annual events including waterfront festivals, seafood festivals, boating regattas and races, fishing tournaments, boat shows, museum events, arts and crafts shows, and more.

The Mall, Downtown, and Capitol Hill

It is designed as an outdoor recreational area. Characterized by wide open spaces and a blanket of grass, on pleasant days thousands of people can be seen sunbathing, throwing Frisbees, and just relaxing out in the open. The Capitol Hill complex, referred to as "the Hill," is home to the legislative and judicial branches of the U.S. government. Bordering The Mall in all directions are the city's most famous monuments and museums, as well as the Smithsonian Institution.

The downtown area is made up of businesses and government offices including buildings such as the National Archives, the FBI Headquarters, and the Old Post Office Building.

Foggy Bottom, Adams Morgan, and Dupont Circle

This area is most widely-known for housing the State Department. While the building's exterior is made of attractive concrete, one can see many 18th-century architectural masterpieces along with one of the more substantial collections of American-crafted furniture.

Adams Morgan is at the center of DC's nightlife. It is also the central residence of the majority of the city's Latin American population.

Dupont Circle is known as the center of DC's cosmopolitan culture, Featuring original architecture, many bars, restaurants, galleries, shops, museums, and homes.


As one of DC's more exclusive neighborhoods, this preserved historic area brings together the past and the present with many authentic shops, bars, and restaurants. The well-known Georgetown University is located here.

Rock Hall

This quaint fishing town, a favorite for boaters, has 15 marinas and a variety of restaurants and shops. The Waterman's Museum features exhibits on crabbing, oystering and fishing. Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is home to 234 species of birds.


The historic town is ranked 8th in the book "100 Best Small Towns in America." Main attractions include antique shops, an art deco performing arts venue - the Avalon Theater and the Pickering Creek Audubon Center.


This quiet town is the oldest on the Eastern Shore, having served as a port of entry for British trade vessels during Colonial times. There are several marinas and the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry crosses the Tred Avon River to Bellevue every 25 minutes.

Ocean City

It is the ideal place for swimming, surfing, kite flying, sand castle building, jogging, etc. The Eastern Shore resort is a bustling beach town with amusement parks, arcades, miniature golf courses, shopping malls, an Outlet shopping center, movie theaters, go-kart tracks and the famous three-mile Ocean City Boardwalk.


Located across the Potomac from DC, Alexandria, Virginia looks much like it did when it was first settled more than 200 years ago. Filled with historical and cultural significance, it is a major attraction for visitors to the DC area.

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