The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is located in Baltimore, Md. Perhaps not as easily recognized as Mount Rushmore or the Grand Canyon, McHenry is nonetheless one of the more interesting sites run by the National Park Service. The fort is best known as the site of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. It was during this battle that poet Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner," which later became the national anthem. Today, the NPS opens the fort daily for self-guided tours, and living-history actors come to McHenry on weekends to enhance the experience. Many special activities take place in the outdoor sections of the fort, while the Sea Wall Trail allows visitors to experience the natural aspects of this seaside location.
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