The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. It connects historic sites in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia and commemorates the events leading up to the Battle for Baltimore, the aftermath of which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem. The trail traces American and British troop movements, introduces visitors to communities affected by the war and highlights the Chesapeake region’s distinctive landscapes and waterways. Congress established the Star-Spangled Banner Trail in 2008. Watch this video from VisitMaryland.org to learn more.