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Baltimore Fort McHenry

Monuments in the USA are usually steeped in patriotic history, and Fort McHenry in Baltimore is no exception. In fact, this monument is arguably one of the most important in American history and culture. During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key sighted the American flag flying over Fort McHenry. He was so moved by what he saw that he was inspired to write a song – today the National Anthem of the USA – the Star Spangled Banner.

Today, Fort McHenry lies in a national park and is open all year round. The area is tranquil and those who hold National Passes are welcome. The Fort is perfect for those who wish to spend a few hours learning about American history in a very serene environment. Fort McHenry is interesting to both adults and kids alike and many schools in the surrounding area use the national park as a study tool in the syllabus.

As far as views are concerned, there is a glorious trail which runs parallel to the ocean. This trail provided panoramic views of the surrounding area as well as incredible photo moments. At around sunset, the ships moving in and out of the harbor provide moments that have inspired many paintings.

Fort McHenry is also a must-see for history buffs. The restored barracks are one of the biggest attractions as they hold exhibits of military artifacts. The Fort employs top quality guides who are able to ramble off the entire history for those who are interested in the finer details of the Fort’s history.

Due to its historical significance, Fort McHenry hosts many national holiday celebrations and events and this is something all tourists should experience if they happen to be visiting the area at the time.

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