O! Say Can You See: America's Story, Traveling the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Travel Guide now available


Connie Yingling,
Leslie Cox,


BALTIMORE, MD (June 12, 2014) – In honor of the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development (OTD) released a new travel guide for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. This full-color magazine highlights key attractions, state and national parks, lodging and services along the historic trail, as well as trip suggestions by regions of Maryland.

The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. This free travel publication contains key information about the dramatic events that produced America’s National Anthem and iconic flag. The guide also includes special sections featuring Scenic Byways, the Chesapeake Bay and clusters of attractions, from charming Main Streets to wine trails, to enhance visitor enjoyment.

The guide was developed through a partnership of the Maryland Office of Tourism, the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Star-Spangled 200, Inc. and the National Park Service.

Copies of Travel Guide are available at Maryland welcome centers, or by calling 800-719-5900 [Call: 800-719-5900] . Orders can also be placed on the Office of Tourism’s web site: VisitMaryland.org, where the guide is also available in a flip-book version.


About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Visitors to the state spent more than $14.9 billion on travel-related expenses in 2012. During 2012, the Maryland tourism industry also generated $2 billion in state and local taxes, and provided more than 135,000 jobs for Maryland residents.