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BaltimoreUnited States of America

With a beautiful harbour, interactive museums and the country’s earliest commuter railway line, this historic city is also where the national anthem was born.

Located facing the Atlantic Ocean in Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore was originally founded in 1729. Built around its port, it was once a fishing and shipbuilding town, but it quickly developed into a significant centre for trade and manufacturing. Following years of decline from the 1950s, the city began an urban renewal programme during the 1970s and 1980s. The picturesque Inner Harbor is now a buzzing cultural district. You’ll find the locals to be friendly and you’ll soon understand why Baltimore earned its nickname of “Charm City”.

Central Baltimore is comprised of contemporary office buildings and upmarket hotels. There are also quality museums and plenty of family-friendly attractions to keep everyone entertained. Head to the Visitor Center at the Inner Harbor and pick up a 3-day pass, which offers discounts on transport and entry into some of the main attractions.

The waterfront with its restaurants, museums and children’s attractions is a great place to explore. Notable highlights include the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the historic war ship USS Constellation, which can be found at the Maritime Museum. For more military nostalgia, take a trip to Fort McHenry. This is where you’ll find the victory flag which became the inspiration for the national anthem 200 years ago.

There’s plenty more to see outside the Inner Harbor. Walters Art Museum is home to a vast collection of rare manuscripts and artwork. Take a ride on the country’s first commuter railway line at the B&O Railroad Museum. Kids will love Maryland Zoo and adults will enjoy the regular wine-tasting events at the Boordy Vineyards.

There are plenty of options for getting to the Inner Harbor. The Charm City Circulator is a free shuttle bus service that runs every ten minutes. For a scenic way to enjoy the harbour-side museums, you could always take a water taxi.

Whilst it may lack the vibrancy and urban buzz of nearby east coast neighbours such as New York, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, its friendly locals, variety of museums and historical attractions ensure that Baltimore remains a popular destination.

Top hotels in Baltimore

Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor
Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor
4 out of 5
300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$176 per night from 21 Oct. to 22 Oct.

Located in Inner Harbor, this hotel is steps away from Charm'tastic Mile, Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina and Baltimore Convention Center. National Aquarium in ...

4.3/5Excellent! (901 reviews)

"I liked the shower, the breakfast, the view of the Inner Harbor, the elevator and the comfortable bed. I didn’t like having to pay extra to park, the noisiness of the central air unit and hearing other guests bathroom activities."…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2020

Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor
Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor
Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor
3 out of 5
511 S Central Ave, Baltimore, MD
The price is NZ$186 per night from 22 Oct. to 23 Oct.

Located in Little Italy, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Aquarium in Baltimore, Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina and Baltimore Convention Center. Johns ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,047 reviews)

"The check in and valet was quick easy and friendly.Room was clean. The shower would hold a lot of water in the bottom when showering."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2020

Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor
Hampton Inn Baltimore-Downtown-Convention Center
Hampton Inn Baltimore-Downtown-Convention Center
2.5 out of 5
550 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD
The price is NZ$150 per night from 2 Nov. to 3 Nov.

This family-friendly Baltimore hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Charm'tastic Mile, Baltimore Convention Center and M&T Bank Stadium. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (957 reviews)

"The location has an enchanting proximity to businesses and public transportation."…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2020

Hampton Inn Baltimore-Downtown-Convention Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Baltimore

Staybridge Suites Baltimore - Inner Harbor
Staybridge Suites Baltimore - Inner Harbor
3 out of 5
17 Commerce Street, Baltimore, MD
The price is NZ$135 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this historic aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Power Plant Live and Port Discovery. National Aquarium in Baltimore and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (229 reviews)

"Probably the best hotel I’ve stayed in and I’m from Baltimore."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020

Staybridge Suites Baltimore - Inner Harbor
Houseboat Scorpius by SleepAfloat
Houseboat Scorpius by SleepAfloat
2.5 out of 5
2001 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD

Located in Fells Point, this houseboat is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vagabond Players and Johns Hopkins Hospital. National Aquarium in Baltimore and Baltimore Inner ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great alt way to travel off the VERY beaten path.

"unreal! In the heart of Fells Point section - great restaurants, bars and so easy to get to the convention center. I had cocktails on the top deck every night when I came back from my meetings. I saved $300 a night staying here with $12 in Uber every day - even took the water taxi just to add a bit ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2016

Houseboat Scorpius by SleepAfloat
Staybridge Suites Baltimore BWI Airport
Staybridge Suites Baltimore BWI Airport
3 out of 5
1301 Winterson Road, Linthicum Heights, MD
The price is NZ$161 per night from 23 Oct. to 24 Oct.

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House and within 9 miles (15 km) of Horseshoe Casino Baltimore ...

4.3/5Excellent! (443 reviews)

"No breakfast buffet as they normally provide but charge same price..ovrr all nice stay"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2020

Staybridge Suites Baltimore BWI Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Baltimore

National Aquarium in Baltimore
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National Aquarium in Baltimore

The largest attraction at Inner Harbor is home to a spectacular array of marine life from around the world.

Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina
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Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina

5/5(1 review)

Once a seaport, this harbour has been transformed by shops, museums and family-friendly attractions to become one of the city’s most scenic areas.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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Oriole Park at Camden Yards

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Watch Baltimore’s beloved baseball team play on their home field, located inside a groundbreaking stadium famous for blending classic and modern design elements.

Top activities in Baltimore

Federal Hill Cuisine & Culture Walking Tour
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Federal Hill Cuisine & Culture Walking Tour

NZ$104
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Spirit of Baltimore Lunch Cruise
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Spirit of Baltimore Lunch Cruise

NZ$114
Per adult
Fell's Point Food Tour
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Fell's Point Food Tour

NZ$107
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Urban Adventure Quest - Baltimore
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Urban Adventure Quest - Baltimore

NZ$29
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
3.5 Hour Premier Fells Point Walking Food Tour
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3.5 Hour Premier Fells Point Walking Food Tour

NZ$135
Per adult
Axe-Throwing
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Axe-Throwing

NZ$41
Per adult

Reviews of Baltimore

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16 Oct. 2019

Fine for a 2 or 3 daysdays visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Feb. 2019

Unexpected delight! Beautiful Harbour, lots of character and great food

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