Discover Baltimore
The homeland of the National Anthem of the United States
A piece of colonial America that has retained its elegance and unique charm

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Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland. It has a population of over 600,000 people. The vast majority of its residents are African Americans (about 65%). Baltimore is an industrial city, a port town, primarily requiring human resources in large factories and docks. Most likely, for this reason, only 19% of the population has higher education. Approximately 23% of Baltimoreans (according to official statistics) live below the poverty line. In recent years, the city population has been steadily decreasing.

Brief history

Several villages laid the foundation for the present metropolis, and in 1729, they united to form a town named after Lord Baltimore, the first governor of the province of Maryland. 

Located on the Patapsco River, it was initially built as a port city and later played a key role in the struggle for U.S. independence. Fort McHenry, located at the mouth of Inner Harbor, during the war of 1812-1814, became a landmark place for Americans — a symbol of strength and bravery. The British had been firing cannons at it for 24 hours, but the fort, and with it, Baltimore, stood firm. A few days later, there was a general battle between the Americans and the British, in which the latter were defeated. Just during the siege of Baltimore, the captured lawyer Francis Scott Key wrote poems that became the American anthem. 

During the U.S. Civil War, the city took the side of the northerners, thus opposing slavery. But Baltimore had always been famous for its cool temper — there were often riots in Baltimore that required the use of the army to subdue. For example, the streets of the city "blazed up" in 1968, after the murder of African-American rights defender Martin Luther King. The intervention of the National Guard was also needed in 2015 — because of protests that began in Baltimore after the arrest and death of African-American Freddie Gray.

Trip budget

Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:

The best time to visit Baltimore

Spring is the best time to travel to Baltimore. The humid, subtropical climate makes the summer here too hot. Plus, it often rains with heavy thunderstorms. In winter, it can cool down to -10 degrees Celsius. Snow is quite rare here. But cold rains and glaciation are frequent. At this time of year (November-December), strong winds are prevailing in Baltimore.

But in early autumn, a visit to the city will also be quite comfortable. In September, the traditional Baltimore Seafood Festival is held in Baltimore, during which you can taste delicious seafood, including dishes made of blue crab. There are also crab cakes, crab soup, and Maryland-style crabs. Anyway, this is a gourmet paradise.

Useful notes

What should a tourist do in Baltimore?

  • Go for a walk to Inner Harbor. It's now a kind of open-air museum. Its piers are moored with yachts, submarines, and real vintage. For example, the famous military frigate USS Constellation, the Civil War era. You should definitely go to Fort McHenry, which now has a museum.
  • Go up to the observation deck of the skyscraper of the World Trade Center to admire Baltimore and the harbor from a bird's-eye view.
  • Wander around the Italian Quarter. This is a real, very atmospheric piece of Italy with cute cafes and cozy restaurants, as well as interesting shops of the country's famous brands. No less fascinating will be a walk in the area of Falls Point, where they have very meticulously restored many historic buildings, which means you will have a lot of exciting photos.
  • Try the local dish made of blue crab — Baltimore-style crab cake — a crab meat sandwich. Every restaurant and even any street vendor has its own recipe for this dish, so it won't be very easy to make a choice. By the way, almost everything made of seafood in Baltimore is above all praise.
  • Watch the lives of underwater creatures at the Baltimore National Aquarium. Its collection includes nearly 600 species of fish, as well as sharks and rays. There are also aquariums with crocodiles and turtles. Dolphin shows are held daily, and on the top floor, you can wander around a truly tropical kingdom inhabited by thousands of birds.
  • Fans of the famous Edgar Poe should visit the writer's house museum. After all, it was in this city that he lived and wrote his spooky works. But it's better to check the museum hours in advance. The writer's grave is also located here in Baltimore, in Westminster Cemetery.

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