Military Personnel and Spouses Relocating to Maryland - PROVET

Living in Maryland - Military Personnel and Spouses Relocating to Maryland - PROVET

Maryland: A Great Place to Live

Maryland lies at the heart of cultural, educational and recreational activities on the Atlantic seaboard. The term "variety" captures the essence of our special state, from Maryland's geography to its economy to its distinct communities. Maryland offers the broadest range of recreational, intellectual and cultural activities in one of the most convenient areas of the United States. In short, the breadth of America can be experienced within a 200-mile Maryland trip. Maryland has a moderate climate. The average temperature is 55.1° F. July is the warmest month with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. The coldest month is January with temperatures averaging in the 20s. The average rainfall is 40.76 inches and snowfall 20.6 inches. The blizzard of 2003 dumped 49 inches in Western Maryland and about two feet in other parts of the state.

Maryland is naturally endowed with the surf and sand of Atlantic beaches, a sailing paradise on the Chesapeake Bay, and the adventurous mountain terrain of Western Maryland. The Chesapeake Bay attracts one of the largest recreational fleets in the United States. One of the main attractions is the delicious seafood from the region, such as Maryland crabs, steamed clams and rockfish. Ocean City is a summertime favorite for Marylanders and visitors alike.

Sports lovers have much to experience: football's the Baltimore Ravens, baseball's the Baltimore Orioles, and soccer's the Baltimore Blast; the Maryland Preakness Stakes (the second leg of horse racing's storied Triple Crown) and other thoroughbred racing; sailing regattas; premier golf and professional tennis events; and a host of collegiate athletics. Annapolis, the state capital, has twice hosted sailing's Volvo Around the World Race, most recently in the spring of 2002.

In Baltimore and in nearby Washington, DC, there are two prominent symphony orchestras, award-winning ballet troupes, acclaimed opera companies and theatrical groups offering performances ranging from the classics to alternative forms of artistic expression. Nature's beauty can be experienced at popular attractions such as the National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore north of downtown, and The National Zoo in nearby Washington, DC. Scores of museums and galleries offer an unparalleled collection of art, history, and technology. In addition to Baltimore's Walters Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art, area residents have access to institutions such as Washington's Smithsonian Institution, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Phillips Collection. Legacies of our nation's past are also found at historic sites such as Fort McHenry in Baltimore and Antietam National Battlefield in the rolling hills of Western Maryland.

Baltimore, our largest city, earned fame in the early 1980s when it was transformed from an industrial town into a waterfront showpiece. The redeveloped Inner Harbor is home to the acclaimed National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center, the first ESPN Zone Restaurant and the Port Discovery children's museum. Harborplace boasts an endless array of restaurants and shops, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards is just paces away. But you haven't really been to Baltimore if you only visit the Inner Harbor. You have to get out and explore the city's unique neighborhoods, too. Smell the garlic as you stroll through Little Italy, experience the cultural charms of Mount Vernon or see the maritime community of Fell's Point.

For a completely different type of city, visit Annapolis, Maryland's capital. This is a true colonial town that brims with history. Long before Washington, DC became the nation's capital, Annapolis briefly held that title. Tag along on a walking tour of the historic district or visit homes belonging to signers of the Declaration of Independence. Dine at pubs that have been serving patrons since George Washington's times or enroll in a sailing class and find out why this place is dubbed "The Sailing Capital of the United States."

Maryland has often been referred to as "America in Miniature," and with so much to do, so close together, residents enjoy a broad range of lifestyles and activities in convenient reach of the metropolitan areas. Each region of the state presents distinctly different styles and histories. With everything from mountains to seashores, big cities to quaint villages, rolling horse farms to waterside villages, Maryland covers it all. And the best part is that nothing is more than a 3-hour drive from our biggest city, Baltimore. For more information, visit Maryland Is Fun.