Visitors to Maryland -- and those wanting to explore more of the state they already call home -- can consult a new book showcasing the state’s scenic byways and a mobile application that serves as a guide to the area’s Civil War trails.
Both items are part of the state’s effort to boost tourism. Since 2007, Maryland has seen a 26-percent bump in visits -- amounting to an increase of 7.2 million visitors over the five-year period, according to a national survey of U.S. travelers conducted by D.K. Shifflet and Associates, a tourism industry research firm.
The 64-page “Maryland Scenic Byways” book includes images, information and maps of 18 byways that cover nearly 2,500 miles of the state. It was produced by the State Highway Administration, the Maryland Office of Tourism and the National Scenic Byways Program.
“Driving tours are extremely popular among travelers in Maryland and this publication will guide them through some of the most picturesque and historic landmarks in the state,” Melinda Peters, state highway administrator, said in a statement. “Among the highlights of the guide are the Star-Spangled Banner Trail, which revisits the days of the War of 1812, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, which commemorates Tubman’s role in leading dozens of African-Americans from slavery to safety.”
The book is available at state and county visitor centers and at VisitMaryland.org.
The state Office of Tourism also plans to launch a mobile app of the region’s Civil War trails that will include history, events, programs, businesses and services relating to each trail and site.