Central Maryland is most frequented for its two main attractions: Baltimore and Annapolis. Baltimore is famous for many reasons, ranging from its rough reputation (from shows like “The Wire”) to its gentler status as one of the most important cities in several pivotal events in American history (both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars). There’s also a great music and food culture here – one night of steamed crabs and jazz and you’ll see what you’ve been missing. For some more military history should head over to Annapolis, capital of Maryland and home of the United States Naval Academy. There’s more crabs to be had here, too, best served up out on a boat with some Chesapeake Bay views. The areas outside of the cities deserve a mention, of course: there are plenty of opportunities to spend time among the parks and rolling horse pastures that surround the metropolises of this area, such as the Patapsco Valley State Park, where visitors can rent a canoe and get in some bird-watching or take a stroll across the world’s longest arched stone railroad bridge for views of the river from above.