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Deep Creak Lake ©Maryland Office of Tourism Development

In a state with so much coastline, it is inevitable that Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean will be central to a holiday in Maryland. A large part of the state's appeal is related to the sea, with fishing boats and 'watermen' who pull fresh seafood from Chesapeake Bay, historic waterfront towns and vibrant harbours, pleasure sailing, bustling ports and important shipyards, beaches and speciality crab cakes.

The maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay region is evident in the major attractions of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the sailing capital of Annapolis and the sleepy boating communities on the Eastern Shore, with old towns like St Michaels and Crisfield preserving traditions from hundreds of years ago. The sprawling resort of Ocean City on the Atlantic Coast sees the most action, especially during summer when the miles of white beaches and the action-packed boardwalk are crowded with vacationers from around the state.

The inland regions have their own kind of charm with lakes, waterfalls, mountains and valleys, rivers and savage rapids that are a delight for kayakers and white-water rafters. The western part of the state has endless opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast as well as beautiful scenery, from hiking and fishing to skiing, ensuring there's always plenty of things to do in Maryland, no matter the season.

As a result of Maryland's role in the history of the US, visitors can retrace the colonial past and movements of the Revolution and resistance to British rule, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The country's national anthem was penned by Francis Scott Key after the unsuccessful attack on the key shipbuilding centre of Baltimore, as a desperate last effort by the British to keep America from independence, which left the city intact and the flag flying that inspired the words for the 'Star-Spangled Banner'. The fields stretching out towards the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains were the site of the Civil War's bloodiest battle at Antietam; and the mixture of both Northerners and Southerners in Baltimore, straddling the line separating the North and South, was the cause for divided loyalties and violent friction that contributed to Maryland's fascinating history.

Climate Info

Maryland's climate varies drastically throughout the year. Summers in Maryland vary from mild to hot with the warmest month of July experiencing average temperatures of between 85°F and 89°F (29°C to 32°C). Summer is also the wettest season and thunderstorms peak in July and August bringing increased humidity between August and October, although nights are generally cooler. In Baltimore humidity averages about 60% between February and April and 75% from August to October. Winters are snowy and cold, January being the coldest month, averaging between 20°F and 25°F (-7°C to -4°C).

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

LocationThe airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of Baltimore and 30 miles (48km) north of Washington.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4, from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).

Tel: +1 410 859 7111.

Transfer terminals

There are five concourses (A-E) within the large terminal building. All concourses are connected in the terminal by walkways, but time should be allowed to transfer from one concourse to another when catching a flight.

Getting to city

The MARC train station has service going to both central Baltimore and Washington DC; the station is connected to the terminal by shuttle buses. A light rail service is also available to downtown Baltimore, Timonium, and Hunt Valley; the BWI Marshall Light Rail Station is located immediately outside the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to Concourse E.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has a bus service to the Greenbelt Metro Station, which connects to metro stations throughout Washington DC, Virginia, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. There are two WMATA Bus Stops. One is located on the lower level of the International Concourse and the other stop is located on the lower level of Concourse A/B.

Car Rental

Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National.

Airpor Taxis

The taxi stand, BWI Airport Taxi, is located just outside of the baggage claim area of the lower level of the terminal. The journey to Baltimore takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes while the journey to Washington DC will take around 45 minutes. Approximate fares from the airport are $35 to the Baltimore Inner Harbor area, $90 to Washington DC, and $65 to Annapolis.

Airport Facilities

There are restaurants, bars, shops, duty-free and ATMs throughout the airport. Other facilities include currency exchange desks, postal services, a meditation room, and the historical attraction, the Benson Hammond House. Facilities for the disabled are good.

Car Parking

Short and long-term parking is available at the airport. The Hourly Garage charges $2 for the first 30 minutes, $2 for the next 30 minutes, and then $4 for 2-6 hours, with a daily maximum of $22. The Daily Garage charges $12 per day; the Express Parking area charges $10 per day; and the Long-Term Parking area charges $8 per day. The long-term lots are served by complimentary shuttles.


Maryland Science Center

The striking glass, steel and concrete structure on the Inner Harbor houses the Maryland Science Center with five storeys of interactive exhibits, an IMAX theatre, the world-famous Davis Planetarium and an observatory. The Maryland Academy of Sciences is one of the USA's oldest scientifi
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Maryland Science Center ©Fritz Geller-Grimm

National Aquarium

The National Aquarium is Maryland's leading tourist attraction, and one of the best aquariums in the world. It was recently voted one of the top ten family attractions in the US. Here visitors can tour the tidewaters of Maryland, the Pacific coastland or a tropical rainforest without lea
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National Aquarium ©AndrewHorne

Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum

The B&O Railroad Museum's roster of rolling stock, historic railway buildings, and assortment of memorabilia from stations and trains makes it a must-visit for trainspotters, but even for those who are not train fanatics this is one of the best sights in Baltimore and is a fascinating pl
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B&O Railroad Museum ©Barry Eagel

Fort McHenry

The Fort McHenry National Monument will forever be associated with America's national anthem, written by the poet Francis Scott Key while watching the British attack Baltimore during the War of 1812.

After more than 25 hours of non-stop bombing by the British naval forces in
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Fort McHenry ©Fredlyfish4

Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame

The unique sport of lacrosse is played extensively in the eastern United States by more than 400,000 people, and nowhere is it more wildly popular than in Maryland, where 'LAX' stickers are to be seen on multitudes of fancy cars alongside decals for posh private schools, in accordance wi
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Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame ©Mark Goebel

Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art, in the leafy city neighbourhood of Charles Village, was founded in 1914 with a single painting. Today, the BMA is home to an internationally renowned collection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th through 19th century prints and drawings,
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Baltimore Museum of Art ©Iracaz

Walters Art Museum

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, two Baltimore men, William Walters and his son, Henry, amassed a diverse range of artwork from around the world, which they then bequeathed to their hometown. The 22,000 pieces they collected span 55 centuries, including ancient Egyptian art as w
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Jar with Design of a Dragon ©Walters Art Museum

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