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Capital Region- The Capital Region of Maryland is as diverse as the people that inhabit the area stretching from the agricultural lands bordering Pennsylvania and continuing south past the United States Capital City and down into the Atlantic Coastal Plain.
Central Maryland- Central Maryland includes five counties ranging from pastoral agriculture fields, to the booming industrial metropolis of Baltimore, to the small water towns of the Chesapeake Bay where harvesting the water's riches is still a way of life.
Eastern Shore- Trillions of grains of sand, eroded from Maryland's ancient Appalachian Mountains and deposited by the sea, have created a magical barrier island, offering visitors both solitude and adventure.
Southern Maryland- It is in the Southern Maryland region that the first English settlers
landed on March 25, 1634. Annual celebrations commemorate the event.

Western Maryland- Experience Western Maryland, a year-round mecca for vacationing families, nature lovers and ardent adventures alike.

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Description - Each travel region within Maryland has a distinct economic and geologic base. Located along the United States' East Coast and nearly bisected by one of the world's largest shellfish bays, much of the state's commerce is water-related. From western slopes reaching 3,000 feet to the sky and eastern slopes dropping to sandy sea levels, Maryland offers an array of outdoor environments, habitats, recreations, and resources for learning, exploring, seeking thrills and just plain relaxing. Many of the public lands now offer easy access to the handicapped enabling them to enjoy leisurely paths, fishing docks, sandy beaches, wartime re-enactments and much more. Tots, teens, adults, and seniors all find excitement and enlightenment statewide as public servants turn their attention and resources to preservation, environmental and historical education for all.

Attractions - Almost every imaginable outdoor recreation is available to Maryland travelers and residents. Along the eastern shore, folks enjoy water-oriented sports limited only by one's imagination. It is here, along the Atlantic Flyway, that Maryland preserves thousands of nationally protected habitats for migrating birds and insects. In the western region of the state, backcountry hiking, winter skiing, snowmobiling, kayaking, and rafting rise from the valleys to heights of the Allegheny Mountains. In the fertile orchards and farms of the piedmont, farmers still grow tobacco, barley and hay making for pleasurable scenic driving. Within moments of the peaceful country pace, lies a much faster environment, Baltimore, home to one of the largest natural harbors in the world. With access to the Chesapeake Bay, sailing, speed boating, jet skiing, fishing, paddling, swimming, crabbing and much more successfully entertain millions of visitors and residents.

Recreation - Maryland is such a diverse state within a relatively small land base that many recreations are close at hand. If you like to hike or mountain bike, you'll have your choice of terrain from sand to rocky mountain peaks. If you love the water, there's boating, sailing, jet skiing, swimming, sun bathing, fishing, crabbing, oystering, and surfing. If you love birds, you're at the heart of the Atlantic Flyway. Looking for an escape? You can do that too. The Chesapeake Bay offers countless tributaries with serpentine waterways lined with beautiful swaying grasses, perfect for paddlers. Or climb a rugged mountain path or better yet, find that ancient rock outcropping where climbers test both physical endurance and mental agility. And of course, if you like being close to people, that's very easy too. Washington, D.C., America's most impressive city, rests on the western boundary of the state. Gaming and nightlife dominate Ocean City along the beautiful shores of the Atlantic.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - Five travel regions comprise the state of Maryland.


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Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Redwood Tower, 9th Floor, 217 E. Redwood Street , Baltimore, MD, 21202, Phone: 410-767-3400, Fax: 410-333-6643

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Maryland - This small East Coast state occupies shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River and Atlantic Ocean. It also provides access to the museums, zoos and historic sites of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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Maryland Office of Tourism Development - Official agency website.

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