Maryland is an unassuming little state, but don’t let its humble character fool you – it has lots to offer. The historic city of Baltimore’s inner harbor is a major seaport where you can take a water taxi to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine to ponder the place where Francis Scott Key wrote a little ditty called “The Star Spangled Banner.” Babe Ruth was born here, and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum offers tours of the tiny Emory Street roadhouse where the “Sultan of Swat” drew his first breath. The National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center offer education and enjoyment. Once you’ve worked up an appetite exploring all Baltimore has to offer, a couple of crab cakes at Phillips Seafood Restaurant will help fill your hungry belly. There’s plenty to see and do throughout the rest of Maryland as well. Ocean City, for instance offers a charming boardwalk experience with 10 miles of sandy beach, amusement parks, hotels and restaurants galore. The western region of Maryland is mountainous and dotted with charming villages like the river town of Cumberland, where the Canal Place Heritage Area offers a glimpse into historic Maryland railroads, and the Trestle Walk leads pedestrians across the canal basin to an overlook at the Potomac River. The University of Maryland Medical Center, established in 1823, was one of America’s first teaching hospitals and has been given the Magnet Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in recognition of its excellence in nursing.