There are wonderful things to see and learn about everywhere you turn in Maryland.
From Antietam National Battlefield to the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. From the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to the Appalachian Trail.Even the Patterson Park Pagoda is pretty wonderful.
At least that's what Sun readers said last month when we asked them to name the seven man-made wonders of Maryland.
The responses were so diverse and deserving that narrowing down the list became a not-so-wonderful task.
Still, we persevered and have come up with seven destinations that are easily among the most striking places to see in the state.
Maybe visiting these wonders is not the same as going to the Taj Mahal or the pyramids, but perhaps it's even more wonderful because they are ours.
What readers say
Here's a look at a few of the "wonderful" lists submitted by Sun readers:JEFFERSON GRAY -- Owings Mills U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis The George Peabody Library, Baltimore Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Baltimore Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, Baltimore Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton Mormon Temple, Kensington Maryland State House, Annapolis
JIM CLARK -- Towson Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Cumberland Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County ASCI whitewater river rapids, Garrett County Bay Bridge, Chesapeake Bay Washington Monument, Baltimore Bethlehem Steel plant, Sparrows Point Calvert Cliffs, Lusby
LISA WINTERS -- Glen Burnie U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County C&O Canal, Cumberland Paw Paw Tunnel, Cumberland Sideling Hill, Washington County
GERALD KEATING -- Clarksville Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County C&O Canal, Cumberland Bay Bridge, Chesapeake Bay Paw Paw Tunnel, Cumberland Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore Oriole Park at Camden Yards , Baltimore Mormon Temple, Kensington
Washington Monument -- Baltimore
Conowingo Dam -- Harford and Cecil counties
Inner Harbor and Harborplace -- Baltimore
Ladew Topiary Gardens -- Monkton
Bromo Seltzer Tower -- Baltimore
U.S. Naval Academy -- Annapolis
Shot Tower -- Baltimore