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

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA

Things To Do

Get out on the Star-Spangled Banner Trail and take advantage of the numerous learning and recreation opportunities! Click on the tabs at left to find out more about activities, events, historic sites and theme tours along the Star-Spangled Banner National Heritage Trail. You can also create your own itinerary using My Adventure Planner or download the new Chesapeake Explorer App to find things to do nearby based on your location or interests. The app also includes recommended tours and helps you build your own tours.

Here are a few ideas to get you started exploring the Star-Spangled Banner Trail:

Did You Know?

The British burned parts of Washington, D.C. including the White House in August 1814.

The low point in the War of 1812 for the United States was undoubtedly the British occupation of Washington in August of 1814. Neither Secretary of War John Armstrong nor any other high official in the government thought the capital was in jeopardy because it had no real strategic value.