Fort McHenry stands by the Patapsco River near the Chesapeake Bay. The views from the fort over the water are very nice on clear days. It is a bit industrial with the port nearby, but even that does not detract from the views. These views would be further obstructed if the two tunnels going under the water had been bridges instead. Closest to the fort is the underwater Fort McHenry tunnel and a bit farther out where the river narrows near the mouth of the bay is the Harbor Tunnel.
Be sure to take a camera to enjoy some photos of your time at Fort McHenry.
Favorite thing: Like Saratoga and Fort Ticonderoga, the park service at Fort McHenry attires some of their staff in period costume in order to better look the role of fort guard when answering questions on the park and its history, and also what life might have been like in the early 19th century. Though busy with throngs of international and domestic visitors, the ersatz guards will stand down and put aside their muskets and bayonets long enough for a photograph.
Fort McHenry is but a small fraction of the grounds for this national monument and historic shrine. You can walk a considerable distance along the perimeter at the edge of Chesapeake Bay before ever winding toward the star fort, whose guns are visible from almost every point on the compass. Be aware though that in the summer the mosquitoes and giant flies buzz around the grass and waterfront, so have your repellant ready.
Fondest memory: The fort is so-well preserved that nothing seems out of place now that was present in 1814.
Favorite thing: About the first thing to greet you when entering the grounds is this incongruous Greek colossus. Unless you're 15-feet tall, there is virtually no way to incorporate this seemingly misplaced statue into a photo with the star fort several hundred feet beyond. On overcast days such as I had, your photo will likely be no better than this kind of silhouette.
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