Maryland is called "America in Miniature" as most natural features can be found in the state. One of the most beautiful natural features in Maryland is the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.
Maryland is steeped in culture and history with plenty of outdoor spaces to explore. Since Washington DC is adjacent to Maryland, residents take advantage of the Metro or Marc trains to explore the museums, shops and nightlife.
Maryland was one of the 13 former British colonies and declared independence in 1776. Over 200 years later, the state still has remnants of Great Britain’s occupation.
Maryland has cities and counties named after British and Danish royalty including Queen Anne, Lord Baltimore, Cecillius Calvert, Frederick Calvert, Lady Anne Arundel, Lady Caroline Eden and Prince George of Denmark.
The Maryland state flag is one of the most unique flags in the country. Formerly the banner of George Calvert the First Baron of Baltimore, the flag has two black and gold squares representing the coat of arms of the Calvert family and two red and white squares representing Lord Calvert’s mothers’ family.
The flag design is so popular you’ll find it on socks, hats, shorts and on uniforms worn by athletes representing the University of Maryland.
There are 6.15 million people who live in Maryland. The largest cities include Silver Spring, Columbia, Germantown and Baltimore.