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Maryland Story Ideas 


Maryland Story Ideas  

You've come to the right place. Maryland offers a wealth of possibilities, depending on the interests of your audience. Here’s a sampling, just to get the ball rolling... 

Big Fun for the Little Ones 
Maryland is a child-friendly state and the perfect place for a family vacation. A logical choice is a trip to Baltimore, where you can explore the acclaimed National Aquarium in Baltimore, visit the nation’s top-rated children’s zoo at The Baltimore Zoo or work at a pretend cannery at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. But there’s plenty for a family to do beyond the boundaries of Baltimore. Consider a hiking adventure in one of our state parks, enroll in a family sailing course on the Chesapeake Bay, or step back in time at any of our historic attractions. (Yes, they’re educational – but they’re also fun!) 

Isn't It Romantic? 
The answer is yes, no matter where you go. Snuggle up in front of a roaring fire in your mountain cabin, or wake to the sound of seagulls after spending the night in a romantic retreat at Maryland’s beach resort, Ocean City. Pack a perfect picnic and set out for the beautiful views provided by green pastures or cloud-topped mountains, or hop aboard a historic sailboat and enjoy a sunset cruise for two. And if the mood should strike, you can even stick around and have your wedding here. Maryland is home to the historic old chapel that hosted the weddings of Babe Ruth, Tiny Tim and Debbie Reynolds. 

We Do Weird Well 
When it comes to offbeat, we're right on. Maryland is home to some of the most bizarre attractions you'll ever encounter. Places like the Dr. Samuel D. Harris Museum of Dentistry, which includes George Washington’s dentures in its collection. If you’re looking for strange places to visit and colorful personalities to interview, we’ve got it covered. 

Eat, Drink, Be Maryland 
You’re never in danger of going hungry in Maryland. We get a lot of attention for our succulent blue crabs, plucked from the Chesapeake Bay and transformed into some of the most delicious entrees you’ll ever sample. We’re known for our oysters, too, and clams and fish. But if you’d rather not see seafood, don’t despair. We also serve delicious fruits and veggies, including corn, tomatoes, apples and peaches. Throughout the year, we throw parties to celebrate every harvest you can imagine. We even let you tap maple syrup out of a tree, then pass you a plate of pancakes so you can sample it. To wash it all down, we recommend one of Maryland’s wines or microbrews. So bring your appetite – but don’t forget to pack those pants with the elastic waistband! 

We’re Number 1 
Maryland lays claim to many, many “firsts,” any of which would make a fun story. For example, we’re the first state to boast an official sport . . . jousting. Yep, you read that right. Three hundred years after everyone else has abandoned the sport, we still attack those little rings with gusto. We’re also home to the first monument to the memory of George Washington. It’s not as elaborate as the one in neighboring Washington, D.C., but it’s the thought that counts, right? This one was erected in a single day on a hillside in Western Maryland. It still stands – and you can climb it for a great view of your mountain surroundings. And perhaps best of all: Wholesale production of ice cream began in Maryland in 1851. Celebrate by eating an ice cream cone while you tour the state. 

More Cultured Than Yogurt 
With art museums aplenty, a world-class symphony orchestra and some of the most impressive mansions on the East Coast, Maryland knows how to do classy. But we don’t take ourselves too seriously and we certainly aren’t snobs. Case in point: One of our most popular museums, the American Visionary Art Museum, only exhibits art produced by folks who have no formal training (farmers, housewives, doctors, auto mechanics . . . you get the picture). Whether your interest is in the visual arts, music, theater, architecture or elaborate gardens, Maryland offers something that’s sure to please your palate. 

We Oughta Be in Pictures 
Maryland has been featured in a number of major motion pictures, due largely to the efforts of a small but determined band of state employees who know every inch of the state and do everything in their power to promote it to the Hollywood bigwigs. On your trip to Maryland, you can eat in the diner made famous by Barry Levinson, sit on the same wooden bench Meg Ryan warmed in Sleepless in Seattle, or while away a few hours in the tiny town of Berlin, star of both Runaway Bride and Tuck Everlasting.  

Inspirational Legacies 
Harriet Tubman. Benjamin Banneker. Thurgood Marshall. Eubie Blake. Frederick Douglass. Their names and their struggles stir our deepest emotions. Their stories of talent, bravery and triumph are kept alive through inspirational monuments, cultural museums and houses of worship throughout the state. Maryland has an undeniable importance in African-American history, and continues to expand its far-reaching legacy today. Come and be inspired. 

Water Works Wonders 
Health enthusiasts swear by drinking eight glasses of water per day. In Maryland we take that a step further by encouraging visitors to immerse themselves in the wonder of the Chesapeake Bay. Photograph lighthouses, sail toward a magnificent sunset, cruise into a Colonial-era port or simply lounge dockside. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network identifies unique ways to dip into water-based fun. 

Go Outside and Play 
How many times did your parents tell you to “go outside and play?” Here in Maryland, we also urge you to get outdoors to experience some of Maryland’s natural wonders. Step into a sea kayak and paddle through the marsh grasses of the lower Chesapeake Bay. Hop on a mountain bike and pedal through pristine forest trails in Western Maryland. Cast a line for blue marlin, brook trout, smallmouth bass or striped bass (known as “rockfish” to the locals) in bodies of water all around the state. Pitch a tent, climb a rock, hunt for fossils or prowl for owls on a night hike. We promise great adventures in our great outdoors. 

The Road Less Traveled 
Poet Robert Frost took the less-worn path. You’ll be glad that you did, too, on any of Maryland’s 31 designated scenic byways. Forego the freeway and follow the colorful black-eyed Susan signs (the Susan is our state flower) through waterfront villages, past historic monuments, down old Main streets and beside pristine forest glades. These carefully mapped routes, some with “sidetracks” better explored without a car, encourage a leisurely pace as you journey around Maryland. 

Invasion & Retreat 
Brother fought brother in the cornfields around Sharpsburg, a battle that afterwards turned whole towns into makeshift hospitals. Armies clad in blue and gray skirmished through Maryland’s countryside on their way to an epic battle at Gettysburg. A wounded assassin escaped Washington, D.C. into the Southern Maryland countryside in search of a doctor named Mudd. The Civil War soldiers, spies and villains didn’t have signposts to point the way, but today’s visitors can follow colorful bugle “trailblazer” signs of Maryland’s Civil War Trails. The bugles lead to waysides where interpretive markers tell both military and anecdotal accounts of war and its effects on the people of Maryland. Retreat to a bygone era on Maryland’s Civil War Trails.

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