Welcome to Bawlmer, as the locals refer to Baltimore.
Rich in history, Baltimoreis one of the prominent tourist destinations on the East Coast. Baltimore is one of the most important port towns in the United States, but is gradually evolving into more than just a port town. From world class museums to hip shops and hotels to diverse ethnic restaurants, culture and sports, Baltimore holds an appeal to everyone who visits.
Baltimore is the city that holds Fort McHenry, the birthplace of America’s national anthem. This city is also home to the cobblestoned streets of portside Fells Point neighbourhood and the National Aquarium with over 600 species of organisms from various ecosystems. Take a stroll and enjoy the cool morning breeze of the Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. While you’re at it, explore Baltimore’s history at the Historic Ships in Baltimore. And whilst still on the shoreline, walk though four historic ships; the Taney, a US Coast Guard Cutter that last surviving warship World War II during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; the USS Torsk, a Navy submarine also used in WWII and holds the Navy record for dives; the Chesapeake; and the USS Constellation,the last Civil War-era vessel afloat.
Take a stroll up Mt Vernon and North Charles Street and pass behind the Baltimore Basilica where one of the first Roman Catholic churches was built in the US. Mt Vernon also holds the Walters Art Museum of art that exhibits such works as Japanese woodblock prints, Renaissance painting, ancient Roman sculptures and much more.
Another notable site is the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, where the poet lived and became a successful writer in the 1830s. You can also visit the Evergreen Museum, a 19th-century mansion packed with art and masterpiecesthat shows how upper-class Baltimore was in the 1800s. Some of the works you’ll find are paintings by Modigliani, glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany and exquisite Asian porcelain. Other popular tourist destinations are Oriole Park at Camden Yards, museums such as the Baltimore Museum of Industry, and the B&O Railroad Museum.