Maryland has been a
retirement destination for centuries. Chesapeake Bay
splits Maryland in two. The eastern third of the state
belonging to the "Eastern Shore Region" and the rest belonging
to the mainland. The Bay plays a major role in defining
Maryland's economy as well -- Baltimore is one of the east
coast's major ports, and fish and crab harvesting from the
Chesapeake remains a substantial industry to this day.
The Eastern Shore occupies a part of the DelMarVa (Delaware / Virginia / Maryland) peninsula, a sliver of land which contains parts of all three states. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge connects the Eastern Shore to the mainland, but since this bridge is a fairly recent development (opened in 1952), the Eastern Shore of Marylnd has more in common with Delaware than it does with the rest of the state. Ocean City Maryland is one of the Eastern Shore's most popular destinations.
On the mainland, the cities of Baltimore and Annapolis have gradually spread out to merge with each other and nearby Maryland, forming a sprawling megalopolis. With the seat of the national government so close, much of the economic activity in Maryland is government-related. Andrews Air Force Base, Fort George G. Meade, The National Institutes of Health, and the National Agricultural Research Center are all located in Maryland, as is the United States Naval Academy, at Annapolis.
Baltimore's waterfront is one of the east's most beautifully developed travel destinations with superb history, dining, and lodging. Ride the small ferries to get a good sense of the harbor and drop in to a restaurant to enjoy a fine meal of crab, clams, or other Atlantic seafood.