Maryland is a leader in production and processing of seafood, so we chose a recipe from Rachael Ray for a blue crab boil with beer and old bay. Since the cyclists end their trek in Maryland, we’ll stop the #BBQAcrossAmerica series here too. We hope you enjoyed this taste of grillin’ across America as much as we enjoyed putting these recipes together for you! To hear more about the beautiful state of Maryland, read on.
For those wanting to explore nature or history, Maryland is a great state to visit. Maryland offers a wide variety of natural attractions, from beaches, to state parks, waterfalls, and even mountains. Maryland, in the heart of Colonial America, saw action in the Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War. It was also important in the Industrial Revolution, America’s westward expansion, and the Space Age.
Fort McHenry, the birthplace of our national anthem, is located at Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city. The Inner Harbor attracts tourists for its parks, restaurants, shopping, museums, and historic ships like the Civil War U.S.S. Constellation. The National Aquarium there hosts more than 17,000 species ranging from seahorses to sharks.
Annapolis, capital of Maryland and the last stop on our cyclists’ Race Across America, has historic architecture dating back to the 17th century. In 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy was founded in Annapolis. At the City Dock, tourists can enjoy live music, watch the Naval Academy midshipmen practice in uniform, or look at the enormous ships.
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company built the first railroad station in Baltimore in 1830 linking the eastern United States. The B&O Railroad Museum shares some of America’s railroad history and collection of locomotives and coaches.
The Civil War Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862. It is known as the bloodiest day in America’s military history. Nearly 23,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing in action when the Union army met Robert E. Lee’s Confederates. Civil War buffs can follow the eight-mile, self-guided tour through the countryside on foot, bicycle, or by car.
Outside of Oakland is Swallow Hills State Park where the Youghiogheny River creates lots of stunning rapids and beautiful gorges. The 50-foot waterfall at Muddy Creek Falls is the highlight of any visit.
Off the coast of Maryland lies the barrier island of Assateague. This beautiful uninhabited island is best known for the feral horses that roam the dunes. The island offers a long stretch of beach that’s popular for swimmers and surfers.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, or the C&O Canal, built in the mid 1800’s, goes over 100 miles from Washington, D.C. into Cumberland. Paths for hiking and cycling run along most of the canal.
Along the mid-Atlantic coast, Ocean City is a must-see attraction with 10 miles of free public beaches and a three-mile wooden boardwalk. On this historic promenade, tourists can watch live performers, enjoy free concerts or movies, ride a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, or a 1902 carousel, and dine on delicious beach favorites that range from fried chicken to saltwater taffy and hot funnel cakes.
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