|Like other cities in the East of the United States, Baltimore has quite a long and important history which you can witness around the city, as well as many modern attractions too.
Baltimore is situated on Chesapeake Bay – the largest estuary in the world. The bay has been very important in Baltimore’s history and continues to play an important part as Baltimore is still a major port. The harbour is a popular tourist attraction and often you will find jazz bands playing here. In the Inner Harbor are the majority of attractions worth visiting, including the out of the ordinary American Visionary Art Museum if you’re interested in contemporary art.
The USS Constellation is moored here. This was the last warship to be built by the U.S. Navy in 1854, which was powered by only sails, and is now the only Civil War era ship still afloat. You can go aboard the ship and look around.
Other attractions around the Inner Harbor area include Fort McHenry which is the site at which the United States anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, was written and Fell’s Point, an historic maritime residential area. Also the National Aquarium can be found here. This is one of the best aquariums in the country and is most famous for its tropical rainforest exhibit and large shark tanks!
A good way to get around Baltimore (particularly during the summer) is by water taxi. You can buy a ticket which gives you unlimited rides all day and as well as being a useful mode of transport you also get great views of the Baltimore city skyline.
Baltimore’s World Trade Center gives you the opportunity to look down on the Inner Harbor and much of the city from the Top of the World observation level. Whilst not as high as buildings in many US cities, the 27th floor observation level is still worth the visit.
Baltimore also has a lively night life for after dark entertainment, and a large variety of restaurants and bars. The local food favourite is steamed crabs, or many other varieties of crab!
If you’re in the city at the right time of year you could catch one of the local sports teams. For baseball there’s the Baltimore Orioles and for American Football, the Baltimore Ravens.