Western Maryland

Western Maryland's landscape provides breathtaking mountain and river views and includes Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. From Deep Creek Lake to hiking and biking along the C&O Canal to white water rafting, Western Maryland attracts those who love nature and the outdoors. Its rich history includes the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single-day battle in the Civil War, along with important stops on the Underground Railroad. Today, Frederick, Hagerstown and Cumberland form the backbone of business and commerce in Western Maryland, where there is a growing high-tech industry and increasing tourism throughout the region.

Baltimore/Central Maryland

From the Port of Baltimore and Fort McHenry National Historic Shrine to the U.S. Naval Academy, the City of Annapolis, Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Ft. George G. Meade, Central Maryland is the commercial, historic and cultural center of Maryland. It includes Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard counties and is one of our state's most prosperous and thriving regions. While tourists flock to the sights at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore City also is known for some of the world's top-rated medical facilities, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. The I-95 corridor, which runs from Cecil to Anne Arundel counties, contains some of our nation's most important national security facilities and many of the businesses that support that mission.

Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore is known for its scenic beauty, fine vacation destinations and outstanding seafood. Located on the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay, the region includes Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Cecil, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset counties. Populated with charming, historic town such as Chestertown, St Michaels, Cambridge, and Crisfield, Maryland's Eastern Shore has a rich history that revolves around life along the Chesapeake Bay. From Ocean City to Assateague Island National Seashore to the Blackwater National Wildlife Preserve, visitors appreciate the natural beauty of the Eastern Shore, its wildlife habitat and life along the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

Southern Maryland

Southern Maryland was the first settled in 1634 with the arrival of passengers from England at St. Clements Island. A drive through Southern Maryland, which includes Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties, often provides visitors with a glimpse of rolling farmland, stretching for miles and bordering along the Chesapeake Bay. Calvert County also contains Calvert Cliffs, Maryland's only nuclear reactor, and one of our nation's largest liquified natural gas import facilities at Cove Point. St. Mary's County is home to the Patuxent Naval Air Station, which provides research and development technology that is important to support our military mission.

National Capitol Region

Prince George's and Montgomery counties ring the Nation's Capital and provide many of the workers for the federal government. The region is home to important federal facilities such as the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Bethesda Naval Hospital. The National Capital Region also has some of the most educated and highly trained workers in our nation, many working in the scientific or biological research fields. Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County is home to Air Force One and the fleet of presidential aircraft. Residents and visitors to the region often use Washington's Metro – the second-busiest rail system in the nation – that serves the entire region.

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About Maryland

Maryland has long been known as the "Free State" and its capital is Annapolis, home of the U.S. Naval Academy. Among the popular attractions in Maryland are the Fort McHenry National Monument; Harpers Ferry and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Parks; Antietam National Battlefield; National Aquarium, USS Constellation, and Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor; Historic St. Mary's City; Jefferson Patterson Historical Park and Museum at St. Leonard; U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis; Goddard Space Flight Center at Greenbelt; Assateague Island National Park Seashore; Ocean City beach resort; Deep Creek Lake; the Catoctin Mountains; and Fort Frederick, and Piscataway parks. Maryland has long been known as the "Free State" and its capital is Annapolis, home of the U.S. Naval Academy. Among the popular attractions in Maryland are the Fort McHenry National Monument; Harpers Ferry and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Parks; Antietam National Battlefield; National Aquarium, USS Constellation, and Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor; Historic St. Mary's City; Jefferson Patterson Historical Park and Museum at St. Leonard; U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis; Goddard Space Flight Center at Greenbelt; Assateague Island National Park Seashore; Ocean City beach resort; Deep Creek Lake; the Catoctin Mountains; and Fort Frederick, and Piscataway parks.

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