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Things to see and do in Maryland

Tourist offices

Maryland Office of Tourism

Address: 401 East Pratt Street 14th Floor, Baltimore, 21202
Telephone: 1 866 639 3526
Website: http://visitmaryland.org

Attractions in Maryland

Annapolis Sailing School

Sign on for sailing lessons at the world-renowned Annapolis Sailing School (www.annapolissailing.com).

Baltimore museums

Tour the Baltimore Museum of Art (www.artbma.org), Walters Art Museum (www.thewalters.org) and the American Visionary Art Museum (www.avam.org) for a cultural treat.

Bay Bridge

Drive over the famous Bay Bridge (www.cbbt.com) to St Michaels, a quaint town that highlights life along Chesapeake Bay, Crisfield and Smith Island - home to huge populations of Maryland blue crabs.

Camp David Presidential Retreat

Catch a glimpse of Camp David Presidential Retreat, near Thurmont. It is the traditional retreat for US presidents. The public is not allowed inside, but visitors can experience the same lovely landscape in Catoctin Mountain Park (www.nps.gov/cato), which surrounds it.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park

Hike or bike the old towpath once used by mule-drawn barges in Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park (www.nps.gov/choh), stretching 295km (184 miles) from Washington, DC to Cumberland in Western Maryland, and visit the headquarters where George Washington began his military career.

Deep Creek Lake

Enjoy a variety of water-based activities at Deep Creek Lake (www.deepcreeklake.com), the state's four-season resort, or play 18 holes of golf on two scenic championship courses.

Fell's Point

Take a water taxi ride to the neighbourhoods of Fell's Point (www.fellspoint.us) and Little Italy (www.littleitalymd.com).

Fort McHenry National Monument

View the star-shaped, brick-built Fort McHenry National Monument (www.nps.gov/fomc), whose bombardment in 1814 inspired the writing of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' and where special drills and military ceremonies are performed.

Frederick

Begin in Frederick (www.fredericktourism.org) for a tour of Civil War sites. A town of quaint brick buildings and parks, it is an excellent starting point to view the region's history.

Gambrill State Park

Drink in outstanding panoramic views from the Catoctin peaks in Gambrill State Park (www.stateparks.com/gambrill.html).

National Aquarium

Tour the National Aquarium (www.aqua.org), home to more than 560 species of sub aquatic life. Start your day by having breakfast with the dolphins, or sign up for a sleepover with the sharks.

Ocean City

Soak up the sun at Ocean City (www.oceancity.org), a lovely beach resort boasting an expansive white sand beach, a 5km- (3-mile-) long boardwalk, amusements, tram rides, boating and deep-sea fishing.

Pier Six Concert Pavilion

Listen to the music at the beautiful Pier Six Concert Pavilion (www.piersixpavilion.com) where concerts are hosted during the summer months (June to late September).

Preakness Stakes

Admire some of the world's best racehorses during the week-long activities celebrating the annual running of the Preakness Stakes (www.preakness.com) in May. It is the second event in thoroughbred racing's prestigious triple crown.

Washington Monument

Climb the Washington Monument (website: www.nps.gov/wamo) in the heart of Washington, DC for a panoramic view.

World Trade Center skyline

View the skyline from the Top of the World Observation Level at Baltimore's World Trade Center.