Offers a full list of counties and county equivalents in Maryland featuring
the oldest, newest, largest and smallest counties by population and area, as
well as county seals and political map of Maryland.
the abbreviations and acronyms that stand for Maryland. Also includes other
English words or phrases that have the same initials as state name of
Maryland is located in the middle of the east coast of the USA and is 32,133
km² in size, which is about the size of Belgium. The name was given by Lord
Baltimore, who named the area after King Charles I's wife, Henrietta Maria. The
nickname "The Old Line State" is of military origin. Maryland is also called
"Free State" or "Chesapeake Bay State". The capital has been Annapolis since
1694, while Baltimore is by far the largest city in Maryland.
Maryland is bounded to the southwest by Virginia and Washington
DC. The neighboring state is West Virginia to the west, Pennsylvania to the
north and Delaware to the northeast. In 1788 Maryland became a state.
The geography of Maryland
The topography of Maryland is very diverse and is divided into several
sections, the sandy coastal landscape in the east, the wetlands near the coast
and the plateau landscape of the wooded Piedmont, closely connected with the
mountainous landscape of the Appalachians in the west. The highest point in the
state at 1024 meters is the Hoye Crest and is located in the Allegheny
Mountains. The 50 km long Atlantic coast is very rich in fish and many sea birds
have their habitat here. Dunes, mud flats and sandy beaches determine the
landscape of the coast. Maryland is very watery, 90 rivers cut their course
through the landscape, above all the Potomac and Susquehanna, the largest of
them all. Agriculture such as cattle breeding, fishing or soybean cultivation
plays a role in Maryland alongside industry (including electronics, mechanical
Sightseeing, recreational activities in Maryland
Maryland offers a wide range of sights and activities of all kinds for
Annapolis, the capital on the Atlantic coast. The United States Naval
Academy, inaugurated in 1845, is located here. Antitam National Battlefield, the
memorial to the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
Baltimore, the largest metropolis in Maryland. There are many attractions
here, including the Basilica of the Assumption, the Zion Church of the City of
Baltimore, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Contemporary Museum. Art lovers get
their money's worth here.
Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards should not be missed. Here you can find
out everything from the history of sport.
The Cheasapeake Bay is 12,000 km², the largest estuary in the USA and the
meeting place for water sports enthusiasts and anglers. Here you will find a
varied landscape consisting of forests, swamps, beaches and sand dunes. Many
bird species such as bald eagles and blue herons inhabit the area. You can even
come across wild horses on the Delmarva Peninsula.
The Blackwater Nature Reserve with beautiful natural landscapes.
The picturesque port town of St. Michaels.
Luxury camping at the Savage River Lodge. For vacationers who want to combine
camping with comfort, this is the ideal solution. Spacious luxury tents with all
amenities await guests here. For excursions into nature, the nearby Deep Creek
Lake is ideal, where you can practice all kinds of water sports.
Ocean City's 10 mile long Atlantic beach and fairground, the venue for the
annual Spring Break.
The Assateague Island National Seashore has pristine beaches and interesting
marshland. You will encounter wild horses and many interesting animals along the
The climatic conditions of Maryland
The climate in Maryland, due to the different landforms, is very diverse. In
the east of the country there is a maritime climate with hot and humid summers
and mild winters. The western part of the country with its mountainous regions
is dominated by the continental climate, especially in winter it is colder and
more humid. Plenty of snow falls here in winter. Tropical storms often occur on
the coast. The best travel time is from April to October.