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It is no small wonder that Maryland has been dubbed “America in Miniature”. Although a relatively small state, Maryland is extremely diverse ethnically, culturally, historically and geographically. The culture is of particular interest as the southern, western and eastern borders are traditionally bound to southern charm, while the central and more heavily populated region tends to be more strongly tied to northern traditions. Maryland really does have it all; ocean views and beaches, mountain ranges and lush forests, small towns with historic relevance and large, trendy cities. Visitors who travel from all over the world to the state will find little time to stop exploring as Maryland offers the very best in entertainment, fishing, shopping, and education. Anyone wishing to stay the night (or many) simply needs to choose between brand name lodging to historic bed and breakfasts; Maryland offers a wide selection of accommodations.

One of the most enriching aspects of Maryland is the coastline, primarily along the Chesapeake Bay. The world's largest estuary, the bay has abundant sea life, provides fantastic boating opportunities and its waves quietly lap upon the shoreline supporting harbor towns like Baltimore and Annapolis. Baltimore is a large city and tourists are most likely to be drawn to Inner Harbor where there is a profusion of shops, theaters, hotels, inns and museums. Baltimore is scenic day and night and like any large city, it provides both residents and visitors alike with a booming nightlife. Annapolis, also located along the bay's shores, is a mecca for theater arts and historic landmarks. The city's rich history dates back to old naval and maritime days. Visitors here will enjoy a cuisine of fresh seafood and striking waterfront views.

If central Maryland is a metropolis bustling with trendy news and ideas, the eastern coast and western most regions of the state are quiet, leisure destinations. Ocean City neighbors the Atlantic Ocean and provides the residents and tourists of the state opportunities to relax and have some fun. The boardwalk of Ocean city is filled with theme park rides, food, fishing, entertainment and waterfront hotels and resorts. Cobb Island, further inland, offers the same retreat type feeling, but with the added feel of small town friendliness. Here boating is the main activity and tourists may find lodging in nearby small towns, although rental homes offer great accommodations during the summer months. Take some time to travel to western Maryland and the scenery is dramatically different. Near Hagerstown, the mountains add mystique and wonder as the Potomac river cuts into the landscape. Hagerstown has history and shopping as well as tourist accommodations at any number of hotels and inns. Close by other small towns such as Cumberland offer pedestrian only downtown areas, adding to the charm of the area. The reasons for visiting Maryland range from business and politics, to leisure and adventure, and one thing is certain; for each reason there is comfortable lodging to make each trip worth while.


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