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Maryland, Great Falls of the Potomac RiverMaryland, Great Falls of the Potomac River
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Maryland is a small state on the East Coast of the contiguous United States. It is located in the Mid Atlantic region. The state, which covers an area of only 12,407 sq mi (32,133 sq km) is bordered by Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia to the south and west, Pennsylvania to the north, and Delaware to the east.

Maryland has a population of 5.7 million inhabitants. Its capital is Annapolis, a small city of around 37,000 people while its biggest city is Baltimore, with over 637,000 people. Baltimore is located within the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, with 2.7 million residents.

Baltimore is a highly developed state with major industries specializing in life sciences research and development. The state has a median household income of US$70,545, the highest of any state in the Union.

Ocean City, MarylandOcean City, Maryland
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USS Constellation at Baltimore's Inner HarborUSS Constellation at Baltimore's Inner Harbor
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Despite its small size, Maryland has a diverse topography, which is why it is often called "America in Miniature". The highest point in the state is Hoye Crest, on Backbone Mountain, which is 3,360 ft (1,020 m) above sea level. The eastern part of Maryland is covered with low-lying marshlands and sand dunes. The Chesapeake Bay watershed forms a major part of the state's waterways.

Most of the people in Maryland live in the cities close to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The western part of the state is rural, with an Appalachian characteristic, while the Southern and Eastern Shore regions embody a Southern culture.

Wild ponies on Assateague Island, MarylandWild ponies on Assateague Island, Maryland
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Snowy swamp in Beltsville, MarylandSnowy swamp in Beltsville, Maryland
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Travel to Maryland

By Car
If you intend to explore the state extensively, I would recommend driving here, or renting a car at the airport. There are a number of Interstate highways linking Maryland to neighboring states. I-95 connects Philadelphia and Wilmington on the northeast to enter Maryland, passing Baltimore and onwards to Washington, D.C. I-81 cuts through the western part of Maryland from Pennsylvania to Virginia. I-83 goes south from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to reach Baltimore.

By Plane
There are a few international airports which you can use to enter Maryland. They include the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), which is the main airport of the state, as well as the Reagan International Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport, both located in neighboring northern Virginia.

Susquehanna State Park, MarylandSusquehanna State Park, Maryland
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By Train
Amtrak has services to Aberdeen, Baltimore, the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Cumberland, New Carrollton, Rockville and Salisbury.

Travel within Maryland

Again, it's best to have your own car, so consider renting one at the airport or online. Within the city areas, you can rely on the buses, light rail transport, subway and commuter trains run by the Maryland Transit Authority.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge, MarylandChesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland
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Cities in Maryland

  1. Annapolis (37,000)
    Capital city of Maryland.

  2. Baltimore (637,000)
    Biggest city in Maryland.

  3. Bethesda (55,300)
    Town in Maryland which is a suburb of Washington, D.C. It ranks as a town with one of the most affluent and well-education population in the country.

  4. College Park (24,600)
    Town just outside the District of Columbia, home to the University of Maryland as well as a facility of the National Archives.

  5. Cumberland (21,600)
    City in the Appalachian Mountains area to the far west of Maryland.

  6. Frederick (60,000)
    Third biggest city in Maryland.

  7. Hagerstown (39,700)
    Biggest city in Western Maryland at the foot of the Appalachian mountains.

  8. Rockville (60,700)
    Second largest city in Maryland, part of the Interstate 270 Technology Corridor.

Places of Interest in Maryland

  1. Antietam Battlefield
    Site of the first battle of the Civil War in the North.

  2. Appalachian Trail
    An area of picturesque landscape.

  3. Assateague Island National Seashore
    Protected wildlife area on a barrier island.

  4. Chesapeake Bay
    An area offering different forms of recreation including boating, sailing, swimming and fishing, with plenty of bed-and-breakfasts.

  5. Crisfield
    Busy commercial seafood port with a recreational fishing industry.

  6. Deep Creek Lake
    A mountain resort in Maryland.

  7. Easton
    A lovely small town with beautiful historic homes.

  8. Great Falls
    A spectacular series of falls on the Potomac River.

  9. North Bay
    Area on the northern end of Chesapeake Bay.

  10. Ocean City
    Major resort town popular with vacationers in the surrounding states.

  11. Patapsco Valley State Park
    Protected forest area with trails leading to sites of historic and natural interest.

  12. Salisbury
    Biggest city on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

  13. Solomons
    Quaint town with marinas, seafood restaurants, broadwalk and gourmet grocery.

  14. St Mary's City
    The original colonial capital of Maryland.

  15. St Michaels
    A vacationing town with pleasure boats and yachts.

National Monuments in Maryland

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