There is no escaping the fact that Baltimore, Maryland, and U.S. history run hand-in-hand. From the iconic town crier, always ready to deliver the latest news, to the scribe of "The Star-Spangled Banner," Francis Scott Key, the city lives both in its past and its present contributions to modern culture and society. Artistic and scientific minds can both share in a vibrant cityscape in Baltimore, Maryland, where there is something special waiting for everyone to be found.
Baltimore, Maryland, is located in one of the original 13 U.S colonies of England. The city is about 40 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 100 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Baltimore falls in the Eastern Standard Time zone and is 92 square-miles in area. Baltimore's hottest month is July, its coldest month is January, and its wettest month is September.
The city is located in Baltimore County where it also is the county seat. Baltimore has several interesting initiatives: "Green Baltimore" provides information for eco-friendly retail and services around the city; "Pet-Friendly Baltimore" introduces dog lovers to accommodations and attractions for man's (and women's) best friends; Baltimore celebrates its small-business owners and offers several different resources for both established businesses and start-ups alike.
Attractions are plentiful and diverse in Baltimore. Where there is water, there is food. Chesapeake Bay supplies the city with fresh seafood, and Baltimore prides itself on its traditional preparations, as well as its sushi and Japanese-infused cuisine. For shopping, Harbor Place & Inner Harbor offers scads of retail space. There is the George Herman "Babe" Ruth museum for the sports and history fans, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the National Aquarium in Baltimore for animal-lovers.Experience the history of American railroading at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum as well as rides, tours and exhibits at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. The USS Constellation Museum features the only surviving Civil War battleship still afloat. The Preakness -- the second leg of horseracing's Triple Crown -- is run at Pimlico Race Course in nearby Laurel, Maryland.
Accommodations in Baltimore are convenient in location and range from high-class to affordable economy. The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel is classic-contemporary in decor and has an onsite fitness center and an indoor pool. The hotel is also located close to the Historical District and shopping spaces. Because Baltimore values tourism, lodging is located all over the city.
Written by Michael Paul Maupin