Baltimore, Maryland: Underrated gem for all tastes and wishes

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Baltimore has earned the name of "Charm City“ because of its stunning waterfronts and charming locals. This next-door neighbour of Washington is truly an underrated gem of a city which you can easily visit as a day trip from New York or Washington.

Baltimore truly has so much to offer for any type of traveller, whenever you are a foodie, a history fanatic, art lover or any in between.

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What to see in Baltimore, MD?

If you want to get the best view of the downtown skyline, head over to Federal Hill park which is located on the Inner Harbor’s south shore. This is one of the best free things to do in the city, especially if the weather is nice and sunny. You can even enjoy a takeout while there.

If you are into nature or have kids, you can book a visit to the National Aquarium which is one of the top activities in Maryland. Top tip: don’t skip the Dolphin Discovery.

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Maryland Science Center is another kid-friendly spot in Baltimore featuring an observatory, a planetarium and an extensive exhibition.

For history lovers, opt for Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine which is a great place to stretch your legs and learn more about the local history.

You can walk along the path circling the fort or even rent a bike to do it. There are also special programs and ceremonies in which you can partake for an additional fee.

Speaking of history, you can go and see the famous U.S. Navy ship - USS Constellation which is now located at the Harbor’s pier 1.

If you want to have a nice walk, enjoy a meal and even do a bit of shopping, Fell’s Point is your go-to spot for that. This historic waterfront neighbourhood is known for its 18-century cobblestone streets and trendy shopping options. This is also the place to try out some of the best seafood in the city.

Where to eat in Baltimore, MD?

Among some of the locals’ favourite food spots is Ida B’s Table. The restaurant offers a modern take on simple soul dishes such as fried chicken and breakfast cobblers.

You can find the restaurant in the CJ Youse Candy Box Factory building which is a landmark itself that you don’t want to miss.

For the best city’s seafood, go to Dylan's Oyster Cellar which will offer a huge variety of fresh and sustainably sourced seafood. You can opt for oysters, other seafood options or even fish dishes such as coddies.

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For a more authentic and non-tourist way of tasting cuisine, head over to Lexington Market where you will find an incredible selection of fresh produce and food stalls by over 100 local vendors. The market has been opened since 1782.

You can even taste the famous crab cakes at Faidlet’s Seafood if that’s on your Maryland bucket list. We assure you, the sole sight of all the goodies in Lexington Market will leave your mouth watering.

How to reach Baltimore?

If you are planning to visit Baltimore from New York, you can reach it by car or by bus in about 3 hours. The bus prices vary a lot based on bus providers and time but expect to pay around $20-50 one way.

If you are travelling from Washington, it will only take you around one hour by car or local bus, train. Usually, the price is around $5-20 for a one-way ticket.

Have you ever been to Baltimore? If no, are you planning to? Let us know in the comments below.

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