The Treasury has picked Fort McHenry to represent Maryland in its "America the Beautiful" quarters series. The coin will be minted in 2013. I guess McHenry is obvious because it's historically significant. But it's certainly not the most beautiful site in the state. The Chesapeake and its estuaries have a jillion places that are more attractive. What about Deep Creek Lake? Cumberland? Sharpsburg/Antietam? C&O Canal?
Across the country, most of the sites to be portrayed on quarters between next year and 2021 are National Park Service-administered. For some states the scene is easy. Yosemite for California. Grand Canyon for Arizona. Denali for Alaska, volcanoes for Hawaii and Mount Rushmore for South Dakota. Some states must have been challenging -- Nevada! Instead of the Vegas strip, they picked something called Great Basin National Park. For tiny, nondescript Delaware it's Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
And guess what they picked for New Jersey? I didn't even know the place was in New Jersey.