13 Great Things About Maryland

I was born and raised in Maryland, so I would like to share some of the things I love about my home state.

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1. We have Blue Crabs.
No other crab compares to the tastiness of a blue crab. Dungeness crab? Snow crab? King crab? Not even close. Blue crabs are literally my favorite thing to eat on this Earth.

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2. We’re the Old Line Bay state.
Maryland is the Old Line state, but they should just call it the Old Bay state instead because we sure do love our Old Bay. We put it on all our seafood for excellent flavor, and even put it on tons of other food like chicken, potato chips, cheese curls, popcorn, and mac and cheese. If you’ve never had it, you don’t know what you’re missing out on.

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3. We’re America in Miniature.
Maryland is often called America in miniature because we have cities, farmland, mountains, and beaches all in one state. Plus, we have the change of seasons and all the different weather that comes with it.

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4. We have the best state flag.
You can’t deny how gorgeous our state flag is. Plus, Marylanders rock this awesome design on clothing, bathing suits, towels, etc.

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5. Edgar Allan Poe.
This great author of one of my favorite poems, “The Raven”, died here. He’s buried in Baltimore. It’s actually how our football team, the Ravens, got their name.

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6. We have pride.
We’re probably the most prideful state there is. As I mentioned above, we wear our flag on our clothes, our cars, or even our body (in the form of a tattoo). There’s even a meme that says “I just want somebody to love me as much as people from Maryland love being from Maryland.”

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7. Star-Spangled Banner.
What became the national anthem of the United States was written by Francis Scott Key who was from Maryland. He wrote it during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. He was inspired by the American flag that was waving at Fort McHenry.

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8. Ocean City.
Ocean City, MD is a popular beach vacation spot that pretty much everyone in Maryland has been to at one point or another. Lots of memories are made here.

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9. Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
In order to get to Ocean City from where I live, you have to cross the Bay Bridge. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. Some people are fearful of this bridge, but others like myself are eager to go across it. Especially if it means you’re only two hours from Ocean City.

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10. Inner Harbor.
Not only does the Inner Harbor in Baltimore have great views, but it also houses the Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium. I always loved going to the Science Center in Baltimore when I was a kid. It’s both fun and educational. They have many different exhibits and an IMAX theater. The National Aquarium is a great place to visit if you love catching a glimpse of marine life.

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11. The Blair Witch Project.
Do you remember the horror flick, “The Blair Witch Project”, which came out in 1999? They filmed in the little town of Burkittsville, MD. It’s only half hour from where I live, and I’ve been there several times. It’s a quiet and quaint little town. One of the things I love about it is that one of the roads is still made of stone instead of blacktop. It really feels like you step back in time.

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12. The C&O Canal.
The canal is 184 miles long, from Washington D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The towpath alongside the canal is a terrific spot for walking, jogging, or bicycling. I like to ride my bike here.

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13. Sideling Hill.
This is actually located in three states. West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. It makes for a scenic drive as you are literally driving through a mountain.

24 thoughts on “13 Great Things About Maryland

  1. Loved this post! I visited Maryland in 2013 and loved it, we stayed there for a few days and drove to DC. It’s a beautiful place and I hope to visit again soon!

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  2. I have pics of that hill in my Easter Trip post when my boyfriend and I visited my grandparents in PA! My other grandparents live in MD and I love staying with them as it’s such a nice drive and a beautiful place (: we go up at least once a year to have crabs out on their back deck- we just have piles on a bunch of tables and dig in! My grandpa also takes us out on his sailboat in the summers to enjoy the bay. This post is fantastic xoxo

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    1. For some reason your comment went into my spam folder, and I’m just now seeing because sometimes I forget to check that. (Oops) But thanks! It’s so much fun just sitting outside and enjoying some delicious crabs. I’ve never been on a sailboat before, but that sounds like fun!

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  3. I used to visit Maryland multiple times a year. Sadly that was before I really got to know you. You did forget one thing. It also has you there, which is another reason why Maryland is so awesome. I’m still waiting to try Old Bay on crab. And Yes, I LOVE blue crab. I also enjoy fried soft shell crab.

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    1. I definitely think Maryland is an underrated and often over-looked state. Probably because it’s one of the smaller states, so a lot of people just forget about it.

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  4. Good post about Maryland – growing up in Virginia we tend to have a little bias towards MD but this post is good reason that we shouldn’t have that 😀 All I can think about is in Wedding Crashers when they say “Crab cakes and football, that’s what Maryland does”

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  5. Britney, I loved reading this post. My fiancé’s roommate was from Maryland and he loved to cook everything with Old Bay. His cooking was amazing too, might I add. I never knew Old Bay was a Maryland thing. And actually, I’ve seen the Maryland flag before (it’s gorgeous) but I never knew it belonged to Maryland! Now I know!!

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    1. The more you know! haha. I have an online friend from California who has never had Old Bay before (they don’t sell it over there), but he likes crabs and shrimp. I told him he has not truly tried them until he’s had them with Old Bay. 😛

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