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BaltimoreUnited States of America

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

Top Hotels in Baltimore

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
4.5 out of 5
2 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD
The price is CA $102 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 1st Mariner Arena and Baltimore Convention Center. Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina ...

4.1/5Very Good! (901 reviews)

"We had to walk and park 2 blks, also The restaurant was closed, staff didn’t clean room when requested"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2020

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor
Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor
3 out of 5
511 S Central Ave, Baltimore, MD
The price is CA $133 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Little Italy, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Aquarium in Baltimore, Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina and Baltimore Convention Center. Johns ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,072 reviews)

"This is a great hotel in an excellent location. Very walkable. The staff is friendly and the rooms look clean and recently rennovated."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 31, 2020

Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor
Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor
Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor
3.5 out of 5
207 E Redwood St, Baltimore, MD
The price is CA $88 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Charm'tastic Mile and Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina. Baltimore Convention Center and National ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,275 reviews)

"Stay felt safe during covid times. Very quiet and clean!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 1, 2020

Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor
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.

Vacation Rentals in Baltimore

Staybridge Suites Baltimore - Inner Harbor
Staybridge Suites Baltimore - Inner Harbor
3 out of 5
17 Commerce Street, Baltimore, MD
The price is CA $92 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this historic aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Power Plant Live and Port Discovery. National Aquarium in Baltimore and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (237 reviews)

"Probably the best hotel I’ve stayed in and I’m from Baltimore."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Staybridge Suites Baltimore - Inner Harbor
Staybridge Suites Baltimore BWI Airport
Staybridge Suites Baltimore BWI Airport
3 out of 5
1301 Winterson Road, Linthicum Heights, MD
The price is CA $98 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 28

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House and within 9 miles (15 km) of Horseshoe Casino Baltimore ...

4.3/5Excellent! (453 reviews)

"Rooms and property very clean. Staff was professional and courtesy"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2020

Staybridge Suites Baltimore BWI Airport
Beautiful, Clean and Peaceful Surrounded by Parks
Beautiful, Clean and Peaceful Surrounded by Parks
282 Brock Bridge Rd, Laurel, MD

Situated in Laurel, this holiday home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Dutch Country Farmers Market and within 3 miles (5 km) of Laurel Park and Jailbreak Brewing Company. ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
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"Nice place very friendly"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2020

Beautiful, Clean and Peaceful Surrounded by Parks
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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