• 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?

Star-Spangled Banner National Anthem sheet music

Francis Scott Key's patriotic song describing the bombardment of Fort McHenry was first published as a broadside in 1814. The broadside included important details on how the song came to be written and shows that it was originally titled "Defense of Fort M'Henry."