I created the regions from the Maryland Department of Tourism list. Recently the creation of Prince George's County has led to the question of whether we should include counties as another level on the hierarchy. My inclination is no -- that's a greater subdivision than you see in most tour guides, and it would lead to some pretty empty pages. On the other hand, there aren't a ridiculous number of counties (can't remember back to fourth grade off the top of my head to get the exact number), people identify places fairly strongly by county around here, and Wikitravel philosophy seems to be to create a skeleton that people can put meat on later. Whichever way people think, I'll be happy to get the pages properly organized. -- Jonboy 12:13, 28 December 2006 (EST)
Based on Wikitravel_talk:Geographical_hierarchy#Should_every_city_be_listed_in_.2Asome.2A_region.3F, it seems like we might want to at some point divide the Maryland regions into sub-regions. Here are the current city counts:
So we're not there yet, but it seems like there's the potential for many more than 9 in each of those regions. I'll keep a count. It's likely we'll want to divide these into county-based subregions. -- Jonboy 21:02, 18 January 2007 (EST)
Which nine cities?
According to , the top 10 cities in Maryland by population are Baltimore, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Bowie, Hagerstown, Annapolis, Salisbury, College Park, and Greenbelt. Not necessarily the top 10 for visitors, but it's a starting point. Taking the 6 we have articles on gives me Baltimore, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown, Annapolis and College Park. Making sure all regions gets represented causes me to add St. Marys City and Ocean City (also tourist destinations). Bethesda is a pretty big restaurant destination, etc., so that's number 9. I'm now going to get rid of St. Michaels from this page (it's still on the region page). Opposing points of view welcome. -- Jonboy 21:54, 22 January 2007 (EST)
I think we should add Silver Spring to the list. I propose that we remove Gaithersburg as it's not really a city for tourists. Hagerstown and Annapolis both should stay for obvious reasons. College Park should stay for the University of Maryland. I'm going to go ahead and change it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Big Wang (talk • contribs) 13 Feb 2007
Cumberland definately should be added. The Queen City is coming up as one of the main tourism destinations in the state due to the Allegheny Highlands Trail, the C&O Canal, the downtown historic district, as well as others. The list of cities definately should not just be population centers, but it has to include the main regional cities as well. If the list can't be amended to ten cities, then probably College Park, Bethesda or Silver Spring should be deleted. They are all DC suburbs and too close together anyway. - macmurchaidh 17:46, 24 March 07
Nine "other destinations"
I revamped the other destinations list, and removed a bunch of minor state parks. I'm pretty confident in the new list as MD's top "other destinations." Probably the weak link is Smith Island; it is a huge attraction from my standpoint, but then again, I'm an amateur phonologist and they speak with a 17th century English accent over there. Anyway, changes to the list should first be discussed here. --Peter Talk 14:32, 8 March 2008 (EST)
Wow, I just realized that the Maryland article has no photos! That's got to change, and I've found a bunch of good ones, but first lets pick a lead image. For me, the most beautiful site in MD is a sunset over the egret-filled bay marshes from Assateague, but I didn't find any such images that met my expectations. So here are a few suggestions:
Here are more, of which we can use elsewhere if not for the lead img. I've got crab pics, but I'm saving those for the eat section, I think. I'd love to get a picture of the State House from the harbor, or a picture of one of the Annapolis-area crab houses from the deck of a boat, but no luck so far. And I tend to think the Baltimore Harbor shots just represent Baltimore, not Maryland so much (since that's the only real city there). Although it's hard to find anything that really represents the state, since its geographically so varied.
I believe I got carried away with this one, and the info really isn't that travel-relevant. I'll archive it here in case someone wants to use it for some purpose:
A more extreme version of the Maryland accent is found around Baltimore and Baltimore County. That is, Bawlmer and Baldimor County. Known as Bawlmorese, it's considered one of the least attractive accents in the U.S., but it sure is interesting. See the Baltimore article for more details.
In addition, are interesting dialects to be found in the isolated island communities of the Chesapeake Bay, where Victoria-era British accents have been near-perfectly preserved! It sounds interesting, but it sure is hard to understand.