The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail invites visitors to explore the trail from wherever there are!
The Maryland Office of Tourism has an online video that highlights of War of 1812 locations along the Star-Spangled Banner Byway, the auto route of the trail.
Virtual tours of Fort McHenry are now available! Additionally, two live cams--Fort View and Rampart view--stream live video of the Fort all day and night.
Interested in seeing some of the Trail’s water routes? The Chesapeake Conservancy has virtual river tours of many of the Chesapeake Bay tributaries along the Star-Spanged Banner National Historic Trail, including the Elk, North East, Patapsco, Patuxent, Potomac, Sassafras, and Susquehanna rivers.
Several 1812 partner locations feature virtual building tours, such as Hampton National Historic Site, Riversdale House Museum, and James Madison’s Montpelier.
Pride of Baltimore II has a virtual ship tour that take viewers around their deck and down below.
The final resting place of Francis Scott Key and monument also has a live cam for virtual visitors.
Partner videos help tell the story of some of the locations along the trail, including Maryland Milestone’s Three-Minute Video series (featuring Fort Lincoln, Bladensburg Dueling Grounds, and Bostwick) and Baltimore Heritage's Five-Minute Histories (featuring Patterson Park and Battle Monument).
Several museums have online exhibits, including the National Portrait Gallery’s "1812: A Nation Emerges," the National Museum of American History’s "Star-Spangled Banner," and the Library of Congress's "Out of the Ashes."
For KidsEarn your Star-Spangled Banner Trail Junior Ranger badge!
Print out the Activity Booklet--and then download the virtual stamp (right).
Last updated: June 25, 2021