• The Star-Spangled Banner flying over Tangier Island, VA.

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA

Plan Your Visit

Patapsco Trail

You'll find endless opportunities to explore and learn along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail. Some ideas to get you started:

  • Interested in history? Consider visiting one or several museums, monuments, cemeteries, forts, or battlefields.
  • Locate caches at historic sites and scenic parks by following the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail.
  • Get your national park Passport stamped.
  • Discover dozens of interpretive waysides at the places where history happened.Explore the archaeology along the Patuxent River.

And much more -- use the trail's interactive online Adventure Planner to select sites and plan your trip.

Did You Know?

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

The Battle of Bladensburg in August 1814 was the only battle in American history where the President, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of State were all present. The Americans lost.