The state of Maryland isn’t big in size nor population (just over 6 million people), but for a variety of reasons, it’s a must-see place for frequent travelers and adventurers.
Located in the Mid-Atlantic area of the United States, Maryland is home to some of the nation’s most delicious seafood, historical significance and much more. There is plenty to do in the state of Maryland, whether you’re a sports fan, history fanatic and/or a lover of hikes and beautiful nature.
Here are reasons why you should soon make a trek to the state of Maryland.
See Ravens & Orioles Games
M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, is one of the most passionate and electrifying sporting venues in the country.
The Ravens have won two Super Bowls (in the 2000 and 2012 seasons), and they’re usually among the primary favorites to win it all. Caesars in Maryland has them at +2000 to win Super Bowl 57, and DraftKings lists the Ravens at +2200.
Betting in Maryland Should it get legalized soon, the Caesars will be among the top sportsbook options you can use in Maryland. Through Caesars, customers would be able to bet on the Ravens, Baltimore Orioles and the Washington-based sports teams (the NFL’s Commanders, MLB’s Nationals, NHL’s Capitals and NBA’s Wizards).
The Ravens are currently one of the biggest must-see things on television thanks to the play of 2019 league MVP Lamar Jackson. The dual-threat star has already recorded a pair of 1,000 rushing yard seasons.
Though the rebuilding Orioles have been among baseball’s worst teams since 2017, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a must-see venue in Baltimore. Tickets are always incredibly cheap, and for sports fans, there’s almost nothing like sitting back and enjoying a hot dog, popcorn or cotton candy at the old ball game.
If you’re a college sports fan, you can also try to see a Maryland Terrapins basketball or football game. The football team will open its 2022 season with a home tilt against Buffalo on Sept. 3.
See The Many Historic Sights
If you’re a lover of American history, you won’t have problems finding special attractions in the state of Maryland.
As previously noted, there is so much historical significance in the state of Maryland.
Fort McHenry in Locust Point is one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions. Built for the War 1812, Fort McHenry is also the site that inspired Francis Scott Key’s creation of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Key was on site for the battle at Fort McHenry, and he was greatly inspired by the U.S. flag still waving during the war. And with that , the country’s national anthem was born.
The Westminster Hall and Burying Ground is another top tourist attraction in Maryland. Located in Baltimore, it’s the resting place for legendary poet Edgar Allan Poe, who’s best known for authoring “The Raven.”
Speaking of Poe, the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum (also in Baltimore) should also be high on your to-do list if you come to Maryland. This is where Poe lived for several years during his 20s.
The Antietam National Battlefield (in Washington County), brings in more than 300,000 visitors per year. The battlefield commemorates the Battle of Sharpsburg/Antietam from the American Civil War. Nearly 23,000 lives were lost in the battle.
Maryland Crab Festivals
Maryland is home to many beautiful beaches and is connected to the Chesapeake Bay. So it’s no wonder that the state is renowned for its delicious seafood, especially its crabs.
Seafood lovers can get the best quality fish and crabs here in Maryland. The state runs plenty of crab festivals and feasts that give visitors the opportunity to try many different unique crab dishes.
On June 11, the Chesapeake Seafood Festival (in Baltimore), the Saint Mary’s Crab Festival (Leonardtown), Baltimores Largest Crab 2022 (Baltimore) and Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival (National Harbor) will all take place in the state.
The state will be running plenty of other crab/seafood-related events throughout the summer and fall. If you are an avid seafood eater, you simply need to plan a vacation to Maryland and base your schedule around the state’s crab festivals.