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Waterfront Sights, Arts Districts and Renowned Restaurants

Take the Baltimore Water Taxi along the waterfront for stunning views, including the impressive Under Armour complex, before touring the Inner Harbor’s historic ships, such as the U.S.S. Constellation, the last Civil War-era vessel still afloat. Check out the National Aquarium, which notably is in Baltimore and not in Washington, D.C. For world-class restaurants and vibrant arts, visit any of the city’s charming neighborhoods. Baltimore is a foodie city; Zagat honored it as the No. 2 city on its “Top 17 Food Cities of 2015” list. Embrace local culture in the city’s three arts and entertainment districts to take in street art, music venues and artist studios. Stop at local shops in Fell’s Point and Hampden, or head to Harbor East for upscale boutiques.

 

History, Heritage and Culture Come Together

No visit to Baltimore is complete without a visit to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, which defended the city during the War of 1812. Learn about Maryland’s African-American heritage at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. One of Baltimore’s most famous residents, Edgar Allan Poe, left a lasting impression on the city; hear all about it at the Poe House and Museum and visit his grave. Take advantage of the city’s two free-admission major art museums: The Walters Art Museum with its 55 centuries of art, artifacts and jewelry, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, which has the world’s largest collection of works by Henri Matisse. Round out your cultural tour with stops at the B&O Railroad Museum and American Visionary Art Museum.

 

Proud of a Seafood Reputation

Sweet Maryland blue crabs, a well-known local staple, are on menus all over town – in crab cakes, crab chowder and even crab eggs benedict. But the most authentically Maryland way to enjoy the crustaceans is with a crab feast. Gather around newspaper-covered tables to crack open steamed crabs with mallets and your bare hands. Baltimore is also embracing its oyster harvest with a wealth of restaurants and bars offering these delicious half shells.

Fun Fact

Participating in the festivities at Fort McHenry
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Baltimore’s Fort McHenry defended the Baltimore harbor during the War of 1812 and is the birthplace of the American national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” written by Francis Scott Key.

The Fell's Point Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969
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Baltimore’s waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point was the second largest point of immigration after Ellis Island.

The first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States
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Thousands of Baltimore visitors a year tour the first cathedral in the United States, the 19th century Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was recently restored.

Hot Air Balloon over Asheville, North Carolina
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