Maryland Tourist Attractions

By | January 3, 2023

Special churches and synagogues

Baltimore Basilica
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known here in the country as the National Shrine Basilica of the Assumption, is probably THE church in Baltimore. The basilica was built from 1806 to 1921 according to the plans of Benjamin Latrobe, the father of American architecture, and thus represents the first cathedral in the United States to be built after the constitution was adopted now because of the sheer size or because of their equipment. A visit for every visitor to Baltimore is a must. The basilica has been a National Historic Landmark since 1971.

Contact 409 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Lloyd Street Synagogue in Baltimore
The Lloyd Street Synagogue in the city of Baltimore is a special synagogue. Built in 1845, it is the oldest synagogue building in Maryland and the third oldest in the United States. The synagogue is built in the architectural style of the Greek Revival and has been on the list of historic places since 1978.

Contact 11 Lloyd Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Zion Church of the City of Baltimore
The Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, here known locally as the Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, is a Lutheran church from 1808. After a fire in 1840, the church was rebuilt in rebuilt. The church is kept in the style of neuromanic. Although the church itself is very impressive, it is somewhat lost compared to the skyline. Since 1755, church services have been offered in German without interruption.

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Contact 400 E. Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland
The Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located in the historic district of the city of Cumberland. The church was built from 1849 to 1851 on the remains of Fort Cumberland. The future President George Washington began his military career in this fort. The church is built in the Gothic Revival style from local sandstone and is considered one of the best examples of this style in Maryland.

Contact 16 Washington Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502

B’er Chayim Temple in Cumberland
The B’er Chayim Temple synagogue in the city of Cumberland dates from 1866, making the B’er Chayim Temple one of the oldest synagogues in the United States. The style of the synagogue can be assigned to the Greek Revival. B’er Chayim Temple has been on the list of Historic Places since 1979.

Contact 107 Union Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502

Zoos, parks and amusement parks

National Aquarium in Baltimore
The National Aquarium in the city of Baltimore was opened in 1981 and was planned as part of a renewal campaign in downtown Baltimore and is located at the Inner Harbor. The aquarium attracts over 1.5 million visitors annually. The National Aquarium has over 16,000 animals from over 650 species. In 2012, the National Aquarium was voted the best aquarium in the United States. The exhibitions on the tropics and rainforest are particularly interesting, and the huge tanks with sharks are particularly impressive. Also noteworthy are the achievements of the National Aquarium in saving marine life. Due to the popularity of the National Aquarium, long lines should be expected.

Contact 501 E Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, formerly known as The Baltimore Zoo, opened in 1876, making it the oldest zoo in the United States. In 2004 he was in financial difficulties for the zoo and had to hand over some of his animals to other zoos, but more than 2,000 animals still live in the zoo today. Highlights of the zoos include lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, zebras, cougars, warthogs, giraffes and iron bears. Many native animals continue to live in the zoo.

Contact 1876 ​​Mansion House Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21217

Tristate Zoological Park in Cumberland
The Tristate Zoological Park in the city of Cumberland was opened in 2003 and covers an area of ​​approximately 65,000 m². The zoo mainly offers exotic animals, but only those that have been threatened. Lions, tigers, primates and many more live in the zoo.

Contact 10105 Cottage Inn Lane NE
Cumberland, Maryland 21502

Salisbury Zoological Park
Salisbury Zoological Park, often referred to simply as the Salisbury Zoo, is located in the city of Salisbury in southeast Maryland. The zoo was opened in 1954 and today covers an area of ​​approximately 49,000 m². The zoo has more than 110 animals. A special feature of the zoo is that it specializes in animal species from North and South America and does not keep exotic animals.

Contact 755 S Park Drive
Salisbury, Maryland 21802

Nature reserves

Assateague Island National Seashore
The Assateague Island is a quiet, unspoiled and not yet particularly dune island that belongs to Maryland and Virginia. The entire 60 km long island was declared a National Seashore in 1965. The UN has declared the island a biosphere reserve and consequently the island is a protected area. It consists of long, pure and white sandy beaches, clear streams, swamps and sand dunes. Assateague Island is particularly known for the free-living Assateague ponies that it is home to. But their importance for the birds living here is also remarkable. The protected area covers an area of ​​approx. 167 km².


Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is located in the south of Maryland on the east coast of Chesapeake Bay. The protected area covers an area of ​​approx. 109 km² and is a mixture of coast, marshlands, rivers and open grasslands. The area is particularly important for birds, as there are over 250 species, such as bald eagles.


Hiking trails

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail (officially: Appalachian National Scenic Trail) has a total length of approx. 3,500 km and is therefore one of the longest long-distance hiking trails in the world.
The Appalachian Trail runs north to south through the 14 U.S. states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. The Appalachian Trail begins in the state of Georgia on the summit of Springer Mountain (1,152 m) and ends on the summit of Mount Katahdin (1,606 m), the highest mountain in the state of Maine.
The Appalachian Trail is managed by the National Park Service of the USA.
The Appalachian Trail, as its name suggests, leads through the Appalachian Mountains, a low mountain range in the east of North America. The trail is classified as a historical hiking trail and leads through many nature reserves, including 6 national parks and 8 national forests. The trail originated in the 1920s. It was founded around people

To offer a change to the working life of the industrialization period The Appalachian Trail was officially opened on August 14, 1937, but at the time it was not very well received by the media. Much media attention was paid to the Appalachian Trail in 1948 when Earl Shaffer ran the entire trail in one season, becoming the first Thru-Hiker. The course of the Appalchian Trail is partly based on other historical routes.
There are over 250 huts and campsites along the trail. Since the trail runs through several cities, it is quite possible to refresh your provisions on the way. Who also plans to run the entire trail in one go (thru-hike) should plan around 5 to 6 months and start in March or April.
If you tackle the Appalachian Trail, you may get to know black bears, white-tailed deer, wapitis or elk on the hike.
You should also watch out for snakes, as there are species such as the copper head or the northern rattlesnake on the trail.
There are also ticks, mosquitoes (mosquitoes) and black mosquitoes, which can become a major nuisance.
The Appalachian Trail was mentioned in literature in Bill Bryson’s work “A walk in the woods”.
3 to 4 million people run annually – at least over a small part of the Appalachian Trail.

In Maryland, approximately 66 km of the trail run at altitudes between 70 and 570 m. The trail runs along the southern border of Greenbrier State Park and along the C&O Canal Towpath. The most beautiful section is probably the high rock. From here there are beautiful views.


Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is an approximately 467 km long hiking trail, which commemorates the memory of the Chesapeake Campaign. This represents the fighting for the strategically important bay during the British-American War of 1812. The trail runs through the states of Maryland, Virginia and DC.


Other natural beauties

Chesapeake Bay
The 12,000 km² Chesapeake Bay (German: Chesapeake Bay) between Virginia and Maryland is the largest river mouth in the USA. A total of 150 rivers of various sizes, including the Rappahanock and the Potomac River as well as countless other smaller bodies of water flow into the Chesapeake Bay, whose catchment area is approximately 170,000 km². The bay and its area consist of many different landscapes such as B. marshes, forests, beaches, sand dunes, swamps, pastures and the Delmarva peninsula, which is partly in the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its wild horse population. There are also numerous species of birds such as blue herons and bald eagles. Chesapeake Bay is one of the most significant landscapes in the United States.

Catoctin Mountain Park
Catoctin Mountain Park is located in central North Maryland in the Catoctin Mountains region. The area is very woody and the Catoctin Mountain Park covers an area of ​​approximately 25 km². The park was established back in 1954. In addition to hiking in the area, Catoctin Mountain invites you with sweeping views of the area or a little refreshment at the Cunnigham waterfalls.

Catoctin Mountain Park

Assateague, pony swimming
Assateague Island is a quiet, unspoiled and not yet particularly dune island that belongs to Maryland and Virginia. The entire 60 km long island has been declared a National Natural Landmark and is a protected area. It consists of long, pure and white sandy beaches, clear streams, swamps and sand dunes. Around 150 wild Assateague ponies live in the southern third of the state of Virginia, and around 100 animals in the part of Maryland. The two parts of the island are separated by a fence. In order to prevent the herds from becoming too large, the surplus animals in part of Virginia are floated to the neighboring island of Chincoteague as part of a large event and auctioned off there after a 10-minute swim.