Here, abundance isn’t a goal; it’s a given. Whether you’re an urban explorer or an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie or a friend of the arts, the Maryland National Capital Region has the lifestyle—and the community—fit for you. From energetic hikes in our state parks to palate-pleasing strolls along our wine trails, adventures in the Maryland National Capital Region are sure to move you.
Nationally ranked among the most diverse, coolest, healthiest, smartest and best places to live in the United States, our communities are spirited and suited to everyone. From sophisticated city life to scenic overlooks, water views to wide open spaces, discoveries are never far from home.
From dynamic downtowns to tree-lined neighborhoods perfect for growing families, we balance excitement and ease. Whether you prefer the urban vibe of Silver Spring or National Harbor to suburban Columbia or Waldorf, the Chesapeake shore to the rolling hills of Frederick, our communities are energetic and big on possibilities. A diversity of cultures and backgrounds enriches our communities–and our lives.
When it comes to education, we lead with intention. With schools consistently ranked among the best in the nation, our curriculum is exceptional and our student-centered approach to learning fosters lifelong success. From the lab bench discoveries in our universities to the lightbulb moments in our award-winning public schools, we create clear pathways for achievement.
Encouragement and inclusivity fuel an ecosystem of dreamers—and doers. From AP to IB, STEM to ELL, we nurture learners of all ages, cultures and abilities, with a 90% high school graduation rate speaking to our success. Explore K-12 educational offerings by county, or tap into our talent pipeline.
We’re home to world-class providers who deliver expert care and brighter outcomes. A health care leader in its own right, the Maryland National Capital Region boasts 50 hospitals that are collaborative healers. Our hospitals earn top marks from U.S. News & World Report and take a total approach to patient care. Boasting a full range of hospital, specialty, walk-in, wellness and home health services, quality care is close at hand—and that makes all the difference.
Arts and Culture
In this culture club, the avant garde is met with applause. The arts are alive in every corner of our region, whether it’s at the Strathmore Music Center or the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. From black box theaters to museums, street festivals to gallery exhibitions, the arts tell our story and enrich our identity.
Tourism and Recreation
Featuring over 1,400 miles of walking paths and public trails and over 800 miles of shoreline, the Maryland National Capital Region is a hub of adventure. Sports fans, adrenaline seekers, daydreamers and night owls feed their passions in our region. Whether the day calls for craft brews in Frederick or canal boating in Great Falls, gourmet eats in Ellicott City or seats at a Washington Commanders Football game, fun leads (and we follow), four seasons a year. For a full roster of shopping, dining, recreation and experiences, visit our county tourism websites.