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Description - The dominating characteristic of the Central Travel Region is the Chesapeake Bay. The industrial shipping town of Baltimore rests on her northern shore while Annapolis, the sailing capital, lies to the south. Other cities include Carroll, Howard, and Harford where unique antique shops, yearly festivals, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and wonderful Revolutionary and Civil War history provide rest, relaxation and entertainment to tourists and residents alike.

Attractions - At the heart of the region is Baltimore City, where within a short drive you'll discover beautiful bike paths, scenic kayaking routes and some of the nation's best fly fishing streams. Experience the 40-mile Northern Central Rail Trail that paces through tranquil countryside and over trickling streams on its way up to the Mason-Dixon line and beyond. Admire the shady forests and rocky gores of Big Gunpowder River where stealth kingfishers and tiny crisp-voiced warblers break the woodland silence. Visit the quaint historic railroad towns of Monkton, Parkton and Sparks, where transporting agricultural products supported those living in Maryland's largest city. The Upper Big Gunpowder Falls, which runs through a state park bearing the same name, gives coldwater anglers seasonal rewards. Another popular water-oriented sport at the park is windsurfing, also enjoyed at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Near the historic town of Havre de Grace, rests one of the East Coast's largest flowing rivers, the Susquehanna. Broad where impressive tidal flats serve as a major stopover along the Atlantic Flyway giving rest to Canada geese, black ducks, canvas backs and mergansers. This too, is the migration site each spring for rockfish, herring and shad.

Recreation - Visitors will be delighted they chose Central Maryland for their recreation destination where biking, hiking, fly fishing, swimming, viewing wildlife and experiencing America's history is available to all ages and to those with varying abilities.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - Central Maryland Travel Region falls below the state of Pennsylvania with the Capital Region resting on the western boundary and the fabulous Chesapeake Bay resting on the eastern boundary.


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Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Redwood Tower, 9th Floor, 217 E. Redwood Street , Baltimore, MD, 21202, Phone: 410-767-3400, Fax: 410-333-6643

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Maryland Travel Regions - The beautiful and diverse East Coast state of Maryland offers five travel regions, each with a host of cultural, historical and natural attractions.

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Maryland Office of Tourism Development - Official agency website.

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