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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 ¥8,199 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (979 reviews)

"I love the hotel and the historic features. Everything was done so nice and our room was amazing"…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
4.5 out of 5
550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD
The price is ¥12,319 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maryland Science Center, Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina, and Baltimore Convention ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,035 reviews)

"Easy check in and check out! View was great! Highly recommend the harbor view! We will be back."…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
3.5 out of 5
700 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD
The price is ¥9,855 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

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! (985 reviews)

"Nice. Everything i needed. The view, awww, the view, you want to talk about a view. 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌"…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
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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 ¥7,370 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

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! (251 reviews)

"What was unique was the space and cleanliness. There were certain rude housekeepers when we asked for next day bathroom and kitchen necessities but over all good"…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2021

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 ¥8,733 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

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

4.3/5Excellent! (457 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Staybridge Suites Baltimore BWI Airport
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! (25 reviews)

"The apartment was clean and nice with all information in place and location very perfect, will definitely stay hare again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Heaven on Baltimore Downtown Fully Furnished Apartments
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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