Baltimore Travel Guide & Information

Baltimore, an independent city and the largest city in Maryland, is one of America's oldest seaports and one of the world's newest travel destinations. Since the 1600's, Baltimore has been welcoming people, ships and goods from all over the world. The stellar downtown attractions, such as the National Aquarium and Camden Yards draw scores of tourists each year.

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Travel to Baltimore, a city known for its beautiful harbor; quirky, distinct neighborhoods; unique museums and world-renowned attractions. As a major seafaring and trading community, Baltimore played a key role in events that shaped the nation's history, including the American Revolution. Baltimore combines an interesting mix of neighborhoods, a diverse range of attractions and delicious seafood specialties from the Inner Harbor.

With an exciting nightlife, a great climate during the summer, spring and fall, and plenty of hospitality, any time of the year is a great time to visit this top travel destination. Flights to Baltimore are your key to "Charm City", with gracious and welcoming, "down to earth hospitality.

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Things to do in Baltimore

Museums:

Being one of the oldest seaports in America, Baltimore has a host of museums to choose from.

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum: The B&O Railroad Museum is filled with an assortment of memorabilia from stations and trains. Even if you aren’t a train collector or enthusiast, this is one of the best sights in Baltimore and a fascinating place for the whole family.

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Baltimore Museum of Art: The museum hosts an internationally renowned collection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th through 19th century prints and drawings, works by established and emerging contemporary artists, including objects from Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands.

Walters Art Museum: This museum is home to a profusion of artworks from around the world, amassed by a father and son duo, William Walters and Henry. Some of the items on display at the Walters Art Museum include seven ancient Roman sarcophagi, a collection of Japanese arms and armor and 900 manuscripts, as well as the letters of Catherine the Great and the diary of Napoleon.

Prominent Landmarks:

The range of "Must See" sights and attractions offered by Baltimore is simply amazing.

Baltimore Inner Harbor: The Baltimore Inner Harbor is a major tourist attraction. The busy city center often features live music by jazz groups and crooners. There’s plenty of eating and shopping, too. Since the 1700s, this has been one of America’s major seaports and started blossoming into the cultural center that it has become, offering a variety of fine dining, cultural experiences and exciting nightlife.

Fort McHenry: Fort McHenry is a star shaped fort, best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British Navy in the Chesapeake Bay. The Fort has become a vital center of recreation for Baltimore locals, as well as a prominent tourist attraction. Thousands of visitors come each year to see the "Birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner."

National Aquarium: The National Aquarium is Maryland's leading tourist attraction and one of the best aquariums in the world. It was recently voted one of the top ten family attractions in the US. Visitors can tour the tidewaters of Maryland, the Pacific coastland, or a tropical rainforest without leaving Baltimore.

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Where to Stay in Baltimore:

The metropolitan area of Baltimore boasts several accommodations, ranging from rural campgrounds to downtown luxury hotels. Visitors can also choose from various cheap hotels or 4-Star Hotels Under $99.

Inner Harbor: The Inner Harbor is the heart of Baltimore's industrial and maritime heritage. The area contains the majority of Baltimore's tourist attractions and, of course, tourists. For those who want to stay at a hotel in the middle of the action, there are several options, from world renowned hotel chains, like the Hyatt and Holiday Inn, to name a few, and budget hotels and hostels, too.

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Mount Vernon: The Mt. Vernon neighborhood is also a lovely place to stay. Located just north of downtown, it's a central location, within walking distance to the Peabody Institute and the Walters Art Gallery. You’ll also find several, excellent shops, restaurants and hotels. Budget travelers can look for some great budget hotels in this area.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest available Baltimore Travel Information, the latest passport and visa guidelines are as follows:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling

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When to visit Baltimore

Baltimore is filled with visitors during the summer, when the weather is warm. You'll see crowds everywhere, and especially, downtown. While it's not the most relaxed time to visit Baltimore, it's perhaps the most exciting.

The summertime offers outdoor concerts, fireworks, boat trips, sporting and cultural events. However, budget travelers might want to visit Baltimore during the winter, early spring or late fall, which sees fewer crowds and lower hotel prices, as well as cheap airline tickets.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (May to October)

Low season: (December to February)

Baltimore Weather/Climate

Baltimore has all four seasons of weather, summer, spring, fall and winter. Due to the coast, Baltimore experiences a lot of rainfall throughout the year.

* Baltimore experiences hot, humid summers and cold, damp winters. The ocean informs the weather, so it is not as cold in the winter or as hot in the summer, as it is in most eastern cities that are further inland.

* Snow does fall during the winter, though snowstorms are infrequent.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

United States Dollar or USD($) is the prime currency

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available in many parts of Baltimore.

Languages:

* English is the primary language in Baltimore.

* People in Baltimore also speak French & Spanish.