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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore

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Contact: +1 410 962 4290
Open Hours: Park: Daily 8a-5p; Star Fort: Daily 8a-4:45p; Visitor Center: Daily 8a-4:45p
The sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the national anthem, the 'Star Spangled Banner'. A replica of that flag waves over the harbor-side port, now a tranquil National Park. The restored barracks hold exhibits of military and historical artifacts and a well-kept trail runs along the water's edge, affording spectacular views of ships entering and leaving the busy harbor. National Park passes are welcome.