Baltimore, Maryland is a vibrant city situated along the shores of Chesapeake Bay about 180 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. It is a major tourist destination in the Mid Atlantic region of USA near Washington, D.C. Named after Lord Baltimore in the Irish House of Lords, the city has a flourishing population of more than 650,000 with a rich cultural heritage.
Spanning over an area of 80.8 square miles, the city is a perfect mixture of the old with the new. A few of the ethnic neighborhoods have been restored into modern shopping and dining locales but they still retain the old character.
The major tourist attraction is the Inner harbor. This historic seaport is an iconic landmark and perfect blend of the old with the new. The breathtaking view of the waterfront is simply amazing and the docks and streets surrounding the inner harbor houses hotels, museums, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. The new Inner harbor is now home to the Harborplace, an entertainment center and the National Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and the World Trade Center of Baltimore are also located around the basin.
Baltimore is famous for its outstanding seafood. From the nearby Chesapeake Bay come blue crabs, oysters, striped bass and other delicacies. Other Maryland seafood comes the Atlantic coast, including sea scallops, lobsters, sea bass and other fish.
Baltimore does not experience the extremes of weather change that occur in other parts of USA. The weather is relatively mild and the best time to visit is from April to November. The city is well connected by road, air and sea. From Washington DC it is less than one hour north on Route 95. Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) is only a half-hour drive south of downtown.
Baltimore is host to about 14 million tourists each year who are attracted by Baltimore’s warm hospitality, modern comforts, and unending list of attractions. The first stop of every tourist is the Inner Harbor- a festive marketplace with shops, eateries and plenty of activities. Baltimore offers a complete list of experiences to the tourist: a Civil War museum, world class art museums, the aquarium, a science museum, the Babe Ruth Museum, comedy clubs, fine dining, theaters, concerts, movies, antiques, boat cruises, historic homes, churches and synagogues, and much, much more. The major highlights apart from the Inner Harbor are the Baltimore Museum, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the Baltimore Ravens and Fort McHenry. The major-league Baltimore Orioles team is based at Camden Yards, with small cafes, microbreweries, and stores in the surrounding streets.
Also, one can find tantalizing restaurants, quaint pubs, and beautiful boutiques, along with historical charm and cultural attractions all over the city. A world-class transportation system and pleasant weather enhance the tourist experience.
Moving inside the city is easy and loads of options like light rail system are available. Water taxis are a unique and interesting option. The taxis transit the harbor and offer unique views of the Baltimore skyline.