Maryland - Rough Guides Professional Review and Guide
"Founded as the sole Catholic colony in strongly Protestant America, and isolated as the northernmost slave state, Maryland has always been unusual. Within its small, irregularly-shaped area, its attractions range from the frantic, boardwalk beaches of Ocean City to the sleepy fishing villages of the Chesapeake Bay, and the bustling urban center of Baltimore to peaceful Appalachian hill country.
Once one of the world’s most productive fishing areas, Maryland’s Chesapeake has recently been brought back from the brink of complete annihilation due to pollution and overfishing. Its abundant oyster stocks are a thing of the past, but legendary soft-shell blue crabs and sweet rockfish are more plentiful than ever, and now support a diverse, decentralized economy, buoyed by the hundreds of weekend boaters who cruise from one to another of its colonial-era towns. This eTrail is a chapter excerpted from the book "The Rough Guide to USA." It is packed with information on this state including history, getting there and getting around, major cities and regions, and what to do and where to stay when you get there."