Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland! Or, as locals call it, “Bawlmore, Merlin.” Get ready to immerse yourself in the blend of a diverse city full of quirky surprises and deep historical roots. Baltimore, the central hub of The Old Line State, is a symbolic bridge of the north and south division—and home of the Orioles and Ravens—offering a unique combination of urban culture and welcoming hospitality. The city’s rich art scene can have you museum hopping for days. From the 40,000 displayed works at the Walter’s Art Museum to a taste of creativity’s more eccentric side at the American Visionary Arts Museum, there is a plethora of treasures to uncover.
Any native will tell you that the first dish to try is crabs—preferably very well seasoned with Old Bay spice. With this guide, you’ll get clued on the best spots to grab a bite, looking over the Inner Harbor or with the neighborhood locals, enjoy the city’s hip music scene, or—if you’re in the mood for something spooky—see a ghost in downtown Fells Point, former hangout spot of Edgar Allen Poe, Babe Ruth, and Frederick Douglass.
Visit once, visit often. Pack a pair of comfortable shoes—along with a sense of adventure—and explore the city on foot or bike. Get excited for three days of fun, art, nature, history, great food, good music, and extraordinary memories. This is, after all, America’s Charm City!
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