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Baltimore
Travel Guide

Baltimore which includes a city, modern architecture and a high-rise building

Explore the birthplace of the national anthem, ride one of the nation’s first trains and visit a harbor full of historic ships, marine life and interactive museums.

Baltimore is located in Chesapeake Bay, near the Atlantic Ocean. It was founded in 1729 as a port and shipbuilding town and soon became a major manufacturing and trade center. The Maryland metropolis has undergone a process of urban renewal since the 1970s to change its industrial persona. The Inner Harbor is now a lively cultural hub and a picturesque setting for photography. The friendly locals earned Baltimore the nickname “Charm City.”

Today, sleek office buildings, smart hotels, prestigious museums and family-friendly visitor attractions make up the landscape of central Baltimore. Start at the Visitor Center at Inner Harbor to pick up a three-day pass that gives you discounts to some major attractions and transport.

Explore the compact waterfront hub of museums, eateries and children’s attractions at your leisure. A highlight for many is the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Step aboard historic warships, such as the USS Constellation, at the Maritime Museum. For more wartime sagas, explore Fort McHenry, where the victory flag inspired the national anthem over 200 years ago.

Venture outside of Inner Harbor to see some of the city’s other famous attractions. View work by Matisse at the Walters Art Museum, visit the Nashville Zoo, taste wine at Boordy Vineyards or take a ride on one of the country’s first public tracks at the B&O Railroad Museum.

Getting around is easy in the compact Inner Harbor and there are many public transport options. Check out the free shuttle bus service called Charm City Circulator. It runs every 10 minutes. Water taxis are a scenic way to visit harbor-side museums.

Due to the city’s sheltered location, the climate in spring and autumn is pleasant and the winters are mild for a northern city. Summers tend to be humid and hot.

Baltimore may lack the style and urban pulse of its East Coast neighbors Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia, but its museums, historical sights, and friendly locals make it a worthwhile destination.

Where to stay in Baltimore

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
4 out of 5
202 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD
Free cancellation
The price is CA $125 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Inner Harbor, this hotel is steps from Charm'tastic Mile and Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina. Baltimore Convention Center and National Aquarium in Baltimore ...
4.2/5Excellent! (888 reviews)
"We were very satisfied. So much so that we came back and spent another night."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
3.5 out of 5
700 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD
The price is CA $143 per night from May 26 to May 26
Located in Harbor East, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Baltimore Civil War Museum, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and Rams Head Live. Baltimore Inner ...
4.4/5Excellent! (914 reviews)
"It was overall a really good property at a splendid location. The staff were friendly and overall service great. The one small thing I couldn't wrap my head around was how come the room I got didn't have a simple microwave oven, especially given the price per night. All in all, I enjoyed my stay ..."

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
4.5 out of 5
550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $193 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Downtown Baltimore, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maryland Science Center, Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina, and Baltimore Convention ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,127 reviews)
"Really nice quiet relaxing hotel. My mom and I really enjoyed our weekend there"

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Heaven on Baltimore Downtown Fully Furnished Apartments
Heaven on Baltimore Downtown Fully Furnished Apartments
3.5 out of 5
W Pratt St. & S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD
Located in Downtown Baltimore, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charm'tastic Mile, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and Baltimore Convention Center. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (26 reviews)
"Fabulous views from a spacious and clean apartment."

Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2021

Heaven on Baltimore Downtown Fully Furnished Apartments
Baltimore Condo Downtown
Baltimore Condo Downtown
Baltimore, MD
Located in Downtown Baltimore, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Charm'tastic Mile and Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina. Baltimore Convention Center ...
Baltimore Condo Downtown
Welcome Home! Private Bedroom & Bathroom
Welcome Home! Private Bedroom & Bathroom
Owings Mills, MD
The price is CA $61 per night from May 25 to May 25
Situated in Owings Mills, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Under Armour Performance Center Baltimore Ravens, Northwest Regional Park, and Hubert ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Another awesome stay
"Very quiet, clean and comfortable. Property owner is very easy to communicate with and courteous. This is our second time staying here and are very glad we picked to stay at this property again. Thank you for a great stay."

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2019

Welcome Home! Private Bedroom & Bathroom
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Baltimore

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Jan 19, 2020

The Inner Harbour is beautiful and the design of city buildings is very unique.

4/5 - Good

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Oct 14, 2019

Went to drag queen bingo and had the best evening

4/5 - Good

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Aug 28, 2019

Yes, Baltimore can be a gritty city but I've visited nearly a dozen times over the years and the city has much to offer.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 12, 2019

Inner harbor is very safe and fun with lots of dinning options.

1/5 - Terrible

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Aug 10, 2019

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4/5 - Good

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Aug 6, 2019

Baltimore is lovely. I'm moving here for school at Johns Hopkins. I need a hotel for two nights while my apartment was getting ready.

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