Baltimore, Maryland

Ideal for: City Slickers, History Buffs, Sports Fans

  • Named for Lord Baltimore (Cecilius Calvert) in the Irish House of Lords, Baltimore is Maryland's largest city. The city was also once a major trading hub and is the birthplace of the American railroad.
  • Situated in the city’s harbor, Fort McHenry not only defended Baltimore during the War of 1812, it is also where Francis Scott Key penned the American national anthem.
  • Baltimore’s historic waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point was once the second largest point of immigration after Ellis Island.
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Settled in the early 17th century, Baltimore has a been a significant seaport throughout its history. It first played a major role in the American Revolution and later served as a center of shipbuilding and shipping during World Wars I and II. Today, the diverse and eclectic "Charm City” is known for its beautiful harbor, distinct neighborhoods, hip restaurants, unique museums, and world-renowned medical institutions. Visitors have plenty of opportunities to explore the city’s past and present—from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum and National Aquarium to the Baltimore Museum of Art, which houses the world’s largest collection of Matisse paintings. The city is also home to several professional sports teams as well horseracing’s Preakness Stakes.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Average Temperature
    88℉ in summer; 46℉ in winter
  • Time Zone
    Same as NYC
  • Founded
    1729
  • Car Recommended?
    No

Destination Highlights


  • Traditional Maryland Crab Feast

    Crack open some signature steamed Chesapeake Blue Crab—at their freshest and most tender in the summer and early fall—at a traditional family-style crab feast complete with corn on the cobb, ice-cold beer, and Old Bay Seasoning.

  • Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

    Learn about The Great Bambino’s Baltimore beginnings and legacy at this museum located in his childhood home. After your tour of the historic row house, walk a short three blocks and catch an Orioles game at Camden Yards.

  • Fell’s Point Neighborhood

    One of the country’s best-preserved historical neighborhoods, Fell’s Point was once the second largest point of immigration after Ellis Island. Spend an afternoon exploring the hip restaurants and quaint shops of this harborside district.

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Weather


  • Forecasting your Baltimore, Maryland vacation

    Like much of the mid-Atlantic region, Baltimore summers are generally hot and humid with average temperatures of 88 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are cold and occasionally wet and windy, with average temperatures in the 40s and an average of 10 days of light snowfall.

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