Whether you know it as “Charm City,” “The City of Neighborhoods,” or “The City That Reads,” Baltimore, Maryland is a historic gem with urban flair. The city has a rich background that has been well preserved over the years, but has also made numerous “best of” lists for its ambiance, culture, and food scene. As the largest city in Maryland, Baltimore has hundreds of identified districts. It's the second largest seaport in the mid-Atlantic, and was once a leading port of entry for immigrants into the United States. Baltimore is home to more public monuments per capita than any other city, and about one of three buildings in the city are listed in the National Registrar.
If you make it to the ‘Top of the World Observation Level’ in Baltimore’s World Trade Center, you’re in the world’s tallest five-sided building. From here you’ll be able to see Baltimore’s waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point, which was the second largest point of immigration after Ellis Island. You might catch a glimpse of the USS Constellation, built in 1854 and the last Civil War vessel afloat, floating in the harbor. If you can see Oriole Park at Camden Yards, that’s where Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken broke the record for continuous games played. Speaking of all-stars, Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore, and the Babe Ruth Museum on Emory Street commemorates the legendary player. Other historic African American figures from Baltimore can be “seen” at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. If you thought the Washington Monument in D.C. was the first of its kind, you’re in for a surprise. The first monument dedicated to George Washington is actually in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s located in Mount Vernon Place, which is around two miles from both the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum, where you can learn more about the American Railroad, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, which houses the world’s largest collection of Matisse paintings in the world. If you happen to be in the Johns Hopkins University area, the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame has all you want to know about America’s oldest sport.
Baltimore is just a stone’s throw from several major cities in the northeast. It will take you less than 45 minutes to get to D.C. by train, and just over an hour to get to Philadelphia. If you’ve never been to the nation’s capital, it’s full of national monuments and museums that tourists can visit for free. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is also home to a number of infamous sites such as Independence Hall, where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed, and the Liberty Bell. If you want to check out Maryland’s capital city, Annapolis is just half an hour south of Baltimore by car. There’s plenty to do near or in the water, but there’s also a thriving community theater scene in the historic district for those who prefer dry land. For history buffs, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the costliest battle in the American Civil War, is around 57 miles away. You’ll find more than 40 miles of scenic roads and 1,400 monuments and memorials commemorating the battle at Gettysburg National Military Park. For families with children or chocoholics, Hersheypark is a 90-mile drive from Baltimore. Hersheypark has an amusement park section with rides and attractions, ZOOAMERICA with animals from North America, and Chocolate World where visitors can see how chocolate is made.
If you're eager for a lakeside getaway, there's no better place to go than Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, a mere three hours and fifteen minutes away by car. You'll feel like you've really escaped when you set foot in rustic cabins in a gorgeous waterfront setting.
Hostels, hotels, boutique B&Bs—Baltimore has them all. The Hampden neighborhood of north Baltimore is popular even as a residential area among the young, artsy folks for its unique shops, galleries, and organic restaurants. There are plenty of lofts, row houses, and Victorian homes that serve as vacation rentals, in addition to hotels and more traditional vacation rental options. The neighborhood is easily accessible via public transit, and the Light Rail will take you right to downtown. Central Baltimore has ethnically and racially diverse neighborhoods, and whether you decide to stay in Charles Village near Johns Hopkins University or the Waverly area, you’ll have access to some great ethnic restaurants. For proximity to nightlife, Canton Square is a social hub of young professionals living along the waterfront. To the west, the Mount Washington neighborhood feels residential, but has Mt. Washington Village of shops, restaurants and salons. Federal Hill in the south is where all the action is for those who enjoy bars, restaurants, and funky, locally owned shops. It’s within walking distance of the Inner Harbor and downtown, an added plus.
Baltimore is a major city with big-city perks, but feels like a friendly, residential neighborhood. If you can ride a bike, “you can get between any two points in the city at any time of day in under 30 minutes, avoiding almost all traffic,” according to one Baltimorean native on Quora.com. However, the four major public transportation options are the bus, MARC train, Light Rail, and Metro subway. The Maryland Transit Administration bus service uses 47 local buses to traverse 57 bus routes. The MARC is a commuter rail system that even runs outside of Baltimore and can take you to Washington, D.C. or Martinsburg, West Virginia. The Light Rail is a rain that provides transportation between certain stops at regular intervals. The Metro has 14 stops along its route and operates every 8, 10, or 11 minutes depending on the day and hour. Passes can be purchased at participating vendor locations, online, or at the MTA Transit Store.
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