Situated right on the Patapsco River, Baltimore is the mid-Atlantic's biggest seaport - and the largest independent city in the U.S.
For a truly inspiring and multi-cultural experience, Baltimore is the destination in America that has it all. Hosting over 12 million visitors a year, there is something exciting around every corner that caters for every interest, taste and activity.
Accommodation varies in style and price; the perfect solution for every traveller awaits, whether they are seeking luxury, a budget holiday, or a traditional townhouse accommodation within which to soak up the city's immense history.
Top Baltimore Attractions
Baltimore's Inner Harbour has been around since the 1600's. Today, it features a brick promenade, museums, restaurants, stores, and many of Baltimore's hotels. You can also enjoy the Inner Harbour from the water, by taking a dinner cruise or even a pirate-themed cruise.
Because of its proximity to Washington, D.C., Baltimore has a lot of history to take in. Start at the Fort McHenry National Monument and see the very spot that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the “Star Spangled Banner".
Then, head over to Federal Hill Park. During both the Civil War and the War of 1812, Federal Hill Park was used as a lookout. As you would expect, the inside will give you some great views, and, best of all, it's free!
For more history, head to the near suburb of Linthicum. Founded in 1908, Linthicum is home to an electronics museum that contains many of the gadgets that were used during World War II.
Another Baltimore suburb worth checking out is Hanover. Located just south of the Baltimore city limits, this quiet town is home to a giant mall and world-class shopping.
With nearly two million visitors a year, Baltimore's world renowned National Aquarium treats you to a stunning visit to the deep seas, with over 15,000 sea creatures on display in amazing man-made aquatic oceans.
Fells Point is a waterfront neighbourhood that exudes all the worldly charm from yesteryear. It is a site to excite and astound, with its cobbled streets, museums, restaurants and views over the harbour.
Baltimore is a museum fanatics' heaven, with museums of science, art, war, technology, space, and maritime are to name but just a few.
The main hotels are based within the Inner Harbour area of the city, with the finest range of both exclusive and cheap hotels in Baltimore. Alternatively, there are traditional townhouses that offer the complete hotel service or rooms on a bed and breakfast basis. Many travellers are now choosing to rent private houses for their holiday, and Baltimore accommodation now extends to boathouses within the harbour that are luxurious and add a special experience to the trip.
Given the diverse cultural neighbourhoods that the city is famous for, it is no surprise to discover that a wide range of restaurants, bars, and grills are available across the city, filling the night air with wonderful exotic aromas. Little Italy is particularly popular with tourists; the authentic restaurants sitting in colourful and intimate streets with live traditional music and dance to accompany your freshly cooked food. Because Baltimore sits right on the water, it is home to some tremendous seafood. Baltimore is especially famous for its crab. If you want to dine like the locals, feast on crab cakes!