Baltimore, MD

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Baltimore featuring modern architecture, a city and night scenes
Stroll along the Inner Harbor’s wide brick promenade and enjoy dining, shopping, museums and sports in this Atlantic Coast city.

Baltimore centers on the peaceful Inner Harbor, a lovely renovated neighborhood curving around the Patapsco River. Walk along the stretch or take a water taxi to pop into restaurants, shops and cultural attractions.

On the harbor’s eastern side, visit Fell’s Point, once a shipbuilding community. Frederick Douglass was enslaved here as a youth for over 10 years. The community now features restaurants, shopping and events such as the Privateer Festival celebrating the region’s pirating past. Head west to the National Aquarium with over 20,000 animals in habitats ranging from ocean to rainforest.

A bit north, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s exhibits display some of Maryland’s African-American heritage. Find hands-on fun and learning at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Continue north to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, America’s first cathedral, built in the early 1800s.

Return to the harbor’s wide brick promenade to see dinosaurs, space displays and amazing demos at the interactive Maryland Science Center on the western shore. Find more fun at the American Visionary Art Museum, where unique self-revelatory art includes giant whirligigs and a full-size dress for a full-size horse. On the southern peninsula, visit the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The fort’s 1814 battle inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national anthem.

Drive to Druid Hill Park, about 5 miles (kilometers) north of the harbor, where flowering trees border Druid Lake. Visit the park’s Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the City of Baltimore Conservancy, with beautiful plant specimens. Stroll through the forested Wyman Park next to the Johns Hopkins University campus and stop at the Baltimore Museum of Art, featuring a very large Matisse collection.

If you enjoy baseball or simply want to relax in this inspiring stadium, visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Notice how Baltimore’s purpose-built stadium incorporates a warehouse from the old B&O Railroad. Eat a hot dog with crab dip as you cheer on the hometown Orioles.

Where to stay in Baltimore

Wingate by Wyndham Baltimore BWI Airport
Wingate by Wyndham Baltimore BWI Airport
2.5 out of 5
829 Elkridge Landing Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD, 21090
The price is $88 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Linthicum Heights. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,224 reviews)
"Perfect clean nice"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Wingate by Wyndham Baltimore BWI Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Baltimore BWI Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Baltimore BWI Airport
2.5 out of 5
1734 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD, 21090
The price is $90 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Linthicum Heights. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,007 reviews)
"The staff were so friendly and accommodating. The shuttle driver was great and took us where we needed to go promptly as promised."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Baltimore BWI Airport
The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport - BWI
The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport - BWI
4 out of 5
1110 Old Elkridge Landing Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD, 21090
The price is $137 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Linthicum Heights. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
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"Some of the towels did not smell clean. No extra toilet paper in room and the existing roll was not full. Staff greeting us and checking out very friendly and welcoming. General overall appearance was very nice."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport - BWI
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.
Cozy and comfortable entire one bedroom one bathroom apartment
Cozy and comfortable entire one bedroom one bathroom apartment
Woodlawn, MD
The price is $95 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this apartment in Baltimore. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and Maryland Zoo are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"There was a code to get in the building and then the door to the apartment as well which made it seem more secure."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Cozy and comfortable entire one bedroom one bathroom apartment
Charm in the City
Charm in the City
3 out of 5
12 E 21st St, Baltimore, MD, 21218
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Baltimore. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina and National ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Ms.Lee is a wonderfully kind lady and her unit was very clean and comfortable and felt safe to be in. The spot was central to many things i ended up doing in the city, and i absolutely plan to check the availability next time i come to Baltimore."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Charm in the City
Romantic Rendezvous: King-Sized Bed Paris Themed 3rd Floor Entire Apartment Unit
Romantic Rendezvous: King-Sized Bed Paris Themed 3rd Floor Entire Apartment Unit
Baltimore, MD
The price is $289 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this apartment in Baltimore. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina and National Aquarium ...
3.7/5 Good! (3 reviews)
KARMA's 1st Birthday Stay
"Okay, Let me just say this house was amazing!!!!! Very CLEAN and the layout was very NICE! Me & my family was extremely happy with the stay! The owner was wonderful, very helpful with check in and out. Provided clean wash rags and tows. Also provided mini snack which was a nice touch. The Décor was ..."

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

Romantic Rendezvous: King-Sized Bed Paris Themed 3rd Floor Entire Apartment Unit
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.

Getting around Baltimore

It’s easy to get around Baltimore thanks to a wide-ranging public transit network. More than 60 bus routes connect the city and surrounding area, while a light rail system connects the center with Hunt Valley, BWI Airport, and other outlying destinations. There’s also a free bus service, the Charm City Circulator, connecting sites across downtown. Water taxis also operate from the harbor. Visit the Maryland Transit Administration website.Browse Baltimore rental cars.

Best time to visit

Baltimore sees its most pleasant weather in spring and fall, when temperatures hit an average high in the mid 70s F (mid 20s C); these are the best times to visit. The summer gets hot and humid, and also sees crowds of tourists and rising hotel prices, though you might enjoy the lively summer festival program. Winter can be cold, with temperatures below freezing; January sees average lows of 23 F (-5 C).

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