Baltimore Travel Guide

Baltimore Summary

Pros

  • Popular Inner Harbor neighborhood with lovely water views
  • National Aquarium, one of the city's top attractions
  • Maryland Science Center, Baltimore Civil War Museum, historic ship tours, and more in Inner Harbor
  • Cobblestone streets, brick townhouses, and excellent restaurants and bars in Fells Point
  • Original Washington Monument
  • Shopping at Harborplace and The Gallery in Inner Harbor
  • Little Italy with multiple restaurants
  • Art museums and good restaurants in Midtown
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles
  • M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens

Cons

  • Crime continues to be an issue in some neighborhoods
  • Hot, humid summers
  • Public transportation could use improvement; buses particularly unreliable

What It's Like

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is the city’s tourist hub, and it’s easy to see way. This is where visitors will find the city’s greatest concentration of hotels, museums, shops, and restaurants – not to mention lovely water views. Baltimore is set on an arm of the Chesapeke Bay, and the aptly named Inner Harbor neighborhood surrounds, well, a harbor; many attractions are along the north side of the harbor, including the famous National Aquarium. Water taxis are available to the developing East Harbor neighborhood, where the Four Seasons is located. East Harbor is closer to Fells Point and Little Italy.

Locals tend to congregate in Fells Point and Midtown rather than Inner Harbor, which has its fair share of tourist traps. Fells Point is one of the most charming historic neighborhoods, featuring brick townhouses, cobblestone streets, and excellent nightlife. Midtown has excellent restaurants, the train station, art museums, and the original Washington Monument.

 

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Facts

Language: English
Airport: Baltimore Washington International Airport
Peak: June to August
Off-Peak: December to February
Currency: U.S. Dollar
Electricity: 120 V, 60 Hz
Tipping: 15-20% in restaurants and cabs
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