Maryland April 16, 2016
16 Undeniable Reasons Why Maryland Really Is America In Miniature
Maryland has long been referred to as ‘America in miniature’ because it contains almost all types of terrain. From coast to coast, you’ll find diverse natural features all within our 10,460 square miles of land and water. The following list shows just how accurate the title of ‘America in miniature’ really is when it comes to the Old Line State.
1. Powerful rivers flow through Maryland, perfect for white water rafting or simply taking in the gorgeous views.
2. Grand lakes like the pictured Deep Creek Lake, are popular places for fishing and swimming.
3. On Maryland's east coast is the Atlantic Ocean. Tourists abound here but year-round residents get to see views like this 365 days a year.
4. Maryland's many wetlands are home to hundreds of migratory birds and other wildlife.
5. The Chesapeake Bay is not only scenic, but is also a primary source for the state's iconic blue crabs and oysters.
6. Maryland has its share of Islands. This includes the pictured Assateague Island, as well as islands on the bay such as Smith Island and Eastern Neck Island, among several others.
7. Quiet farmlands are scattered throughout Maryland, full of roaming cattle and picturesque barns.
8. Charming small towns can also be found throughout different regions of the state.
9. Bustling cities like Baltimore and Bethesda bring in commuters from outlying counties.
10. On the west side of the state are rolling mountains covered in forests.
11. Wooded hiking trails can be found throughout Maryland, including 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
12. Marylanders are able to enjoy the scenery from high above due to the dozens of rocky overlooks found atop of mountains and hills.
13. Natural waterfalls can be found at a few spots in Maryland, including the pictured Muddy Creek Falls.
14. Captivating cliffs are an unexpected feature in the Old Line State, but their presence is truly beautiful along the bay.
15. There are a few caves in Maryland. The most well-known is Crystal Grottoes - the most naturally kept cave in the world.
16. The only natural feature Maryland doesn't have is a desert. But it does have a mighty good dessert; Smith Island cake to be exact. Does that count?
It’s almost baffling how one of the smallest U.S. states can hold so much varied terrain. As this list proves, Maryland proudly earns the title of ‘America in miniature.’