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Why fly to Baltimore?
It's a city of historical significance and a champion of freedom. Baltimore is home to one of the largest ports in the country, and was also the gateway for many of the immigrants that came and settled in the city over its 200-year history.
Baltimore sits on the Patapsco River in the state of Maryland and has played an important role in the formation of the country. It is one of the first places where freedom of religion was allowed during the colonial period, which later led to the city's more liberal ideology and freedoms for all.
The city is home to some of the oldest structures you will find in the US including the Baltimore Basilica which is circa early 19th century and the Peale Museum which is also housed in a building from the early 1800s. The city is also home to numerous museum and gallery venues like the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Baltimore Railroad Museum and the Walters Art Museum.
The city's Inner Harbor is where much of the city's action is at. Here is where you will find the USS Constellation as well as the Maryland Science Museum. It is also where many of the hip restaurants and bars are located and the visually stunning National Aquarium.
No trip to Baltimore is complete without a visit to Oriole Park. This baseball park is considered the role model of many other parks in the country. If you are in the city during baseball season, throw on some orange and join the fans as they head to the park for an afternoon game. If you are there on non-game days you can take a tour of the dugout.
The city is calm and welcoming and whatever you choose to do you can be ensured you will learn much and enjoy more. A trip to Baltimore is a slice of true American history.
The city has four distinct seasons, each marked by their very own feel. The winters are very cold with temperatures in the low teens in November and dropping to below zero in January. The spring brings whistling birds and higher numbers. The summers are quite nice with temperatures in the mid to high 20s.
When to fly to Baltimore
The summer is a popular time to visit Baltimore. The parks are green and the sun is bright, bringing in bother domestic travelers as well as international tourists. July and August are an expensive time to fly to Baltimore.
January through to March is cool in the city which leads to lower tourist numbers. Since many of Baltimore's attractions are housed in doors, this is a good time to plan for an economical vacation, flight prices should be quite low (you can even check out April for some low prices as well when it warms up somewhat if you are particularly hankering to visit the parks).
Getting into Baltimore
Your gateway into the city opens up at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, which is located just 15 minutes outside of the city center. From the airport you can grab the light rail service and head into town. Otherwise, public bus, shuttle and taxis are also available.
Getting around Baltimore
The city has a very integrated public transportation system that can take you from the city's downtown all the way to the suburbs if you are so inclined. The system includes bus and metro line. Taxi service is also an option.
- Visit Fort McHenry National Monument for a taste of Baltimore history. It is believed that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the country's national anthem during the war of 1812 when he saw a flag of stars and stripes being raised at the site indicating an American victory in the war against the English.
- Take a day tour of the beautiful harbor. You can take your pick of the touristic tours complete with a travel guide announcing all the sites you are floating past or a tall ship cruise for a bit more of a romantic feel. Additionally, you can take a water taxi and narrate yourself.
- Visit the Baltimore Museum of Art, the body of work hosted here is incredible. One of the biggest draws is a collection that includes pieces by Matisse and Renoir. The artwork was donated to the museum by the Cone sisters and a wing has been opened in their name. The museum also houses an extensive Andy Warhol collection.
- Visit Federal Hill Park for stunning views of the city skyline. The park is located just south of the downtown core and is a great place to go for some relaxation. It is also a great place to have a picnic while taking in the whole of the city and harbor. The park area is flanked by restaurants so you can head there for the evening.
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