Fort McHenry National Monument

Fort McHenry is best known for the part it played during the War of 1812, successfully holding off an attack by the British Navy. When Francis Scott Key saw the flag still flying over the fort after surviving the attack, he wrote the poem that became the national anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner.”  Today,  Fort McHenry is a historic 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.