Reasons to add Baltimore to your list of cities during tour of USA
Baltimore is situated along the vast estuary of the Patapsco River. This place was established in the late 1720s and is named after the Barons of Baltimore. Baltimore has so much to offer to tourists of all kinds be it history lovers, shopaholics, nightlife animals and others. Being one of the most walk able cities of the USA, travelling through city is convenient and budget-friendly too!
Check out what Baltimore has for tourists-
Baltimore for history and art lovers:
This town has come alive with vibrant architecture spreading across two centuries. Its beautiful buildings are as rich as its history.
Walters Art Gallery:
Walters Art Gallery place displays Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Ethiopian, and Byzantine and Western medieval history through its arts collections. It’s one of those rare museums which present arts as a comprehensive history right from the third millennium B.C. to the early years of the twentieth century.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine:
The battle of Baltimore, 1814 was fought to the tooth until the hosts could emerge victorious. After days of fighting when the American flag was still standing tall, Francis Scott Key got inspired by it and wrote a very moving poem as a tribute to the Stars and Stripes.
Edgar Allan Poe’s House:
For all the literary lovers this place is too important to be missed. In this tiny duplex, Poe stayed for three years and churned out few of his most famous works. This place has now been restored with period furnishings. Poe’s own travelling desk, illustrations from his ‘The Raven’, and a telescope belonging to him are also put on display inside.
Baltimore for the Shopping lovers
Baltimore has a rich history and shopping destinations too where any tourist will love to drop by and shop:
Harbor place and the Gallery:
Located in the Inner Harbor area, this huge shopping emporium is a must visit for more than one reason. There are also many unique items available that are found exclusively in Baltimore only. This place has more than a dozen restaurants and eateries that really pocket friendly. And lastly, the view outside is amazing and just too picturesque.
Arundel Mills Mall:
Located in ocean city, this is one of the largest outlet mall in Baltimore. You name a brand and you will find it here in this mall. H&M, Nike, Gap, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old navy, all feature here in this place.
Perryville Outlet Center:
Situated on the Heather lane in Perryville, this place has all the top designer labels and brand names to shop for. Besides enjoy great attractions such as gardens, rivers and casinos.
Other prominent shopping places are Columbia Town Center, Annapolis Town Center, Village of Cross Keys and Broadway Market to name a few.
Baltimore for the party freaks and nightlife lovers:
Other than the history and the shopping experience, you can also have a wonderful nightlife and party experience as you explore Baltimore. Baltimore displays a healthy and vibrant night life. It has dancing, drinking, gaming, live music, everything going on even after the sun has set.
Some of the places to check out are:
This place has pool tables open to everyone, and sofas and relaxed atmosphere for the couch potatoes. Local bands often show up here to display their talents. Even upcoming bands and those bands living their golden years like Maroon 5, Animal collective, Quiet Riot, The Breeders, etc.
After the Prohibition days ended in 1933, this was one of the first places in Baltimore to acquire a liquor license. This place has all kinds of drinks and live bands play here every Saturday night. Country music, classic rock, Southern rock, all find a place here in this tavern.
Sounds of Summer:
Located in Belvedere Square this place has a lot to offer. Belvedere square as it is, is always brimming with tourists and locals alike. At sounds of summer one can enjoy live bands every Friday night. It is free for all and you have to buy your own drinks and food. The gourmets here are a special delight and consist of smoked fish, Italian foods, Smoothies and vegan chocolates. It is super kid friendly and dog friendly, so you don’t have to worry about either and you can just let go of yourself and enjoy.
Maryland Live casino:
The place is ideal for casino lovers, comprising of all the entertainment avenues one can think of. Situated in an upscale neighborhood, the place attracts both locals and tourists.
Baltimore is a perfect tourist destination and has a unique combination of old and new, traditional and modern.
Reaching, lodging and the best time to explore Baltimore:
Reaching Baltimore is not a challenge as the place is connected with three major airports offering services from domestic as well as international locations. Other than that, the travelers also have the option of choosing bus services from the nearby locations of Washington. Train services from all major cities of the US is also available.
Lodging does not pose any issue to the tourists as there are many hotels of various ranges right from luxurious hotels, romantic hotels, Downtown hotels, pet friendly hotels to cheap motels.
The best time to visit Baltimore is from June to August as the climate during this time is quite pleasant.