• Visit this late 18th century star-shaped fort in Baltimore, birthplace of the national anthem of the United States.
  • Your adventure awaits along 560 miles of land and water routes filled with opportunities for learning, discovery, relaxation, and renewal.
  • The Battle for Baltimore and the sight of a magnificent flag inspired a lawyer to write the lyrics of the song that later became the national anthem of the United States.
  • Learn why the British set fire to parts of Washington, DC including the Capitol building and the President’s house (White House).
  • At nearly 100 miles long, the Potomac River Water Trail is rich in historical and natural resources and offers stretches suitable for kayaks, canoes, and powerboats.
  • Find annual re-enactments, special events, ongoing exhibits and special tours happening along the trail close to home or where you're headed.


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    Download the Chesapeake Explorer App!

    The FREE Chesapeake Explorer App helps you discover over 400 state and national parks, museums, and other cool places in the Chesapeake along the Star Spangled Banner Trail.

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    Have a Star-Spangled Experience

    Weekends this summer, take a 45-minute boat tour from Fort McHenry to the view that inspired the lyrics of America's National Anthem.

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    Learn and Play Online

    Explore 1812 history at school or home with this collection of primary source materials and lesson plans, interactive maps and games. "Cast your Vote" for or against the war, or test your leadership skills in "Hold the Fort!"

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    Get the Guide

    Grab a copy of this handy Pocket Guide to the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail so you know where to go and what to see along the trail.

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    Get Your Passport Stamped

    Save your memory of visiting the Star-Spangled National Historic Trail. Get your Star-Spangled Banner Trail passport stamp at one of several locations around the Bay region.

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