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Travelers can expect to find a little bit of everything in Maryland — from mountains to long stretches of beaches and coastline; from Civil War trails to wine trails; from scenic waterfront villages to vibrant urban centers. Have you discovered Maryland's diverse cultural landscape and historical allure? Whatever the reason, we want to know what makes Maryland special to you. Enter your best shots today for a chance to win the grand prize: a wine backpack, 2 tickets to the 2009 Maryland Wine Festival, and a suite of Fodor's full-color guidebooks. Ten runners-up winners will receive a Fodor's Chico bag and a Fodor's guide of their choice.

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Photo by Kandee Gordon

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Crabby

Crabby

A small hermit crab my husband found.

Photo: Kandee Gordon

Photo by April C

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The Harbor

The Harbor

My favorite part about visiting Annapolis was the eclectic mix of old buildings and new businesses. The harbor area shown has the best of both worlds, old town charm oozing history and the convenience of new world needs. Who knew a hardware store could look so pretty?

Photo: April C

Photo by Jane Thomas

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Smith Island cake

Smith Island cake

It doesn't get any more Eastern Shore than this! A slice of Maryland's state dessert — Smith Island cake — and some delicious, local, organic strawberries.

Photo: Jane Thomas

Photo by Kristen1206

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Ellie at the ocean

Ellie at the ocean

I took this shot of my two year old daughter gazing out at the ocean after something caught her eye while she was playing in the sand.

Photo: Kristen1206

Photo by Sari183

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Flying Free

Flying Free

It was a gorgeous day in February when my friend and I decided to explore Federal Hill. On the top of the Hill the lookout to the Inner Harbor is so beautiful, we couldn't resist the opportunity for some exciting photos!

Photo: Sari183

Photo by Sari183

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Standing Tall

Standing Tall

I was sitting in the parking lot at the Quarry, and looked up to see this majestic sight. Trees standing tall, with the tips of their branches fogged up by the cloudy weather. Any nature lover would appreciate this sight.

Photo: Sari183

Photo by Sari183

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Stroll at Dusk

Stroll at Dusk

My boyfriend suggested we take a stroll along the docks of the Inner Harbor and clearly the best time to do this was at dusk. The colors in the sky are so vibrant, and the light reflecting from the water amplifies the boat's mirror images. It was the first walk I had ever taken with him around the harbor, and it is now one of our favorite places to spend time.

Photo: Sari183

Photo by Scott Pitocco

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Morning showers

Morning showers

It seems like the weather here in Maryland has a mind of its own. I'm sure the flowers enjoy it.

Photo: Scott Pitocco

Photo by Scott Pitocco

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An evening alone

An evening alone

A wonderful sunset on the Severn River.

Photo: Scott Pitocco

Photo by Monnie Ryan

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History and Old Lace

History and Old Lace

On our way home from Maryland vacations, we often stop at the historic Savage Mill in Savage. This historic complex, which started as a textile weaving business on the banks of the Little Patuxent River, now houses a variety of shops that sell antiques, home furnishings, artwork and restaurants.

Photo: Monnie Ryan

Photo by Jack Ryan

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Chesapeake Lightship in Baltimore Inner Harbor

Chesapeake Lightship in Baltimore Inner Harbor

The Chesapeake lightship is just one of numerous attractions in Baltimore Inner Harbor.

Photo: Jack Ryan

Photo by Jack Ryan

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Drum Point Lighthouse

Drum Point Lighthouse

The Drum Point lighthouse, which was completed in 1883 and cost only $5000 to build, is now on display at the Calvert Maritime Museum in Solomons.

Photo: Jack Ryan

Photo by Monnie Ryan

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Crowd at the Crab Claw

Crowd at the Crab Claw

My husband and I love St. Michaels and visiting the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Our favorite restaurant is The Crab Claw, where we can sit on the outdoor deck and enjoy those wonderful Maryland crab cakes.

Photo: Monnie Ryan

Photo by travelingirl

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"Summer's End"

Taken on our last day of our month long vacation. My daughter (3) is looking off towards the ocean as if she knows that summer is coming to an end.

Photo: travelingirl

Photo by funinthetub

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USS Constellation

USS Constellation

The Masts of the USS Constellation reaching up into the sky in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. (I loved the lines and angles.)

Photo: funinthetub

Photo by hikewithyourdog_com

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Maddie at Muddy Creek Falls

Maddie at Muddy Creek Falls

This is the highest waterfall in Maryland with a perfect plunge pool for Maddie to enjoy a swim. It's a toss-up what she enjoyed more - the swimming or the trail through one of Maryland's last remaining stands of old growth forest in Swallow Falls State Park.

Photo: hikewithyourdog_com

Photo by KikiQT

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Yurtle the Turtle

Yurtle the Turtle

Chestertown tea party. animal booth. super cute turtle. enough said. :]

Photo: KikiQT

Photo by fasolanta

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winter day on the beach

winter day on the beach

When the wind comes birds need to fly...

Photo: fasolanta

Photo by fasolanta

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wind birds :)

wind birds :)

It was one of the coldest day this winter, and me and my friend dreamed about going on the beach! So we drove over an hour to se birds moved by wind! Wind was so strong that nobody could stand strght!

Photo: fasolanta

Photo by AnnMarie_C

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A yard with a view

A yard with a view

This photo of the Elk River, a tributary to the Chesapeake, was taken from the front yard of my Dad's home. The views change daily, you will never capture the same photo twice. It is particularly beautiful at night when the ships and tugs go by, lit up like a holiday display.

Photo: AnnMarie_C

Photo by Dave Stuart Jr.

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A fisherman runs away with his catch.

A fisherman runs away with his catch.

My wife and I were strolling down the beach on a hazy May day, and we snapped this shot! There were several of these birds up and down the beach.

Photo: Dave Stuart Jr.

Photo by jamoroso

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getting ready for the annual Dragon boat races

getting ready for the annual Dragon boat races

a annual charity event

Photo: jamoroso

Photo by effulgent

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boat pier on the river at high tide

boat pier on the river at high tide

I was on a professional development workshop with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and our first event was a canoe trip through the marshes of the Patuxent River. Before we began, I snapped this photo.

Photo: effulgent

Photo by Donna F. Rhody

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Pride of Baltimore, II

Pride of Baltimore, II

Great schooner races are held on the Chesapeake Bay. This shot shows the Pride with sails full.

Photo: Donna F. Rhody

Photo by manlin322 (Manny Paige)

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Back PorchPickin' & Strumin'

Back PorchPickin' & Strumin'

Two local musicians enjoying the day and entertaining the folks during New Market Fun Celebration.

Photo: manlin322 (Manny Paige)

Photo by manlin322 (Manny Paige)

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Sunset On The Choptank

Sunset On The Choptank

A stunning Maryland sunset, captured on the Choptank River. Notice the seagull perched on a pillar enjoying the sunset with the rest of us.

Photo: manlin322 (Manny Paige)

Photo by Arlene Carmel

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Imagine

Imagine

It was quite an experience for us to watch the look on our grandson’s face as he imagined himself the captain. As the crew we followed orders and waited patiently while he docked without incident.

Photo: Arlene Carmel

Photo by ArleneNC99

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After the storm

After the storm

We had taken our 5 year old grandson to downtown Baltimore. We were walking along the pier near the Light Street Pavillion when there was a sudden down pour. We thought the day would be a wash out, but as the clouds parted I was able to capture this picture of the USS Constellation, docked in the Inner Harbor. He commented that "the boat looks so new after the rain”.

Photo: ArleneNC99

Photo by sunnydebs

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Crabby Hats :-)

Crabby Hats :-)

It was my friend Sabrina's first trip to Baltimore, so we had to take a picture with crabby hats!

Photo: sunnydebs

Photo by marleytad

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Sailing by

Sailing by

It was a lovely fall day and I was walking around the small park at the Concord Point lighthouse when the sail boat appeared in the background.

Photo: marleytad

Photo by marleytad

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looking up

looking up

I loved the way the wooden spiral staircase in the Turkey Point Lighthouse,

Photo: marleytad

Photo by mdwahoo

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People Tree

People Tree

Maryland is memorial to me because of its people and their diversity as much as it is about the environment and its diversity. The people tree represents this important facet of not just Columbia, but Maryland as a whole.

Photo: mdwahoo

Photo by SuzieTrue

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Ready, Aim, Fire!

Ready, Aim, Fire!

While exploring the interior yard of the fort, these re-enactors were practicing their gun demonstration.

Photo: SuzieTrue

Photo by Barbara Parker

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Autumn Sunset

Autumn Sunset

The masts of the sailboats stand out against the sunset and the waterman's boat is lost to the dark - but the water reflects all in the transition from fishing village to sailing destination.

Photo: Barbara Parker

Photo by Kblepine

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Hooper Strait Lighthouse

Hooper Strait Lighthouse

View of the Hooper Strait Lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum from the water.

Photo: Kblepine

Photo by Kblepine

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Sailing in April

Sailing in April

View from an April daysail on the Miles River, Eastern Shore

Photo: Kblepine

Photo by Andrea Granahan

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The wild ponies of Assateague Island

The wild ponies of Assateague Island

I called them the water ponies - like sea horses they seemed at home with the water that surrounded them.

Photo: Andrea Granahan

Photo by Msoberma

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Christmastime 2003

Christmastime 2003

We were strolling the streets of New Market during Christmas and I couldn't resist the green and white house in the snow.

Photo: Msoberma

Photo by julspa

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Go Birds!!!

Go Birds!!!

An evening @ the Ballpark

Photo: julspa

Photo by wrenjen523

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Looking across the Harbor

Looking across the Harbor

It was an enjoyable morning with my mother, when we went to explore the boats in the inner harbor, this is looking back at the dramatic aquarium from the boat on the inner harbor.

Photo: wrenjen523

Photo by Sam Meyer

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Prize Preserves

Prize Preserves

Award-winning preserves at the Garrett County Fair, McHenry, MD.

Photo: Sam Meyer

Photo by mardi2gras

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I like Crabs

I like Crabs

Really enoyed my stay at Inner Harbor, lucky enouth to be there when the city was ramdonly placing crab art

Photo: mardi2gras

Photo by Bruce Palaggi

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Quiet Morning

Quiet Morning

A cool, heavily overcast March day didn't yield may good photo ops but, this solitary tree and bench on Highland Beach grabbed my attention.

Photo: Bruce Palaggi

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