Maryland is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It is bordered by Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. to the south and west, Pennsylvania to the north and Delaware to the east. Maryland is known for its diverse geography, ranging from the Appalachian Mountains in the west, to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean in the east. It is the birthplace of the national anthem and the state is home to a multitude of historic sites and recreational areas.