Baltimore, Maryland USA

Where Is Baltimore Maryland?

Started as a Chesapeake Bay trading post in the 18th and 19th centuries, Baltimore was strategically located, on the Atlantic coastline, and nestled along the inner bend of the Patapsco River. It’s only an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., and three hours north of Richmond, Virginia. Google Map Baltimore

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67 Quick & Fun Facts About Baltimore

  • Largest independent city in the USA
  • Largest populous city in Maryland
  • 30th largest populous city in USA
  • Baltimore was established as an independent city in 1851
  • Baltimore is located 40 miles northeast of USA capital
  • Fourth largest CSA in the USA
  • Inner Harbour was once the second-largest port for immigrants
  • Baltimore was once a major manufacturing city
  •  Johns Hopkins Hospital (founded 1889) and Johns Hopkins University (founded 1876) are the city's top two employers
  • Baltimore has been named a "city of neighbourhoods
  • Famous Baltimore residents have included writers Edgar Allan PoeEdith HamiltonFrederick Douglass
  • Famous Baltimore actors include:  John WatersBarry LevinsonDivineDavid Hasselhoff,
  • During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" in Baltimore after the bombardment of Fort McHenry
  • Baltimore has more public statues and monuments per capita than any other city in the country
  • One-third of the city's buildings (over 65,000) are designated as historic in the National Register, which is more than any other U.S. city
  • Baltimore is named after Cecil Calvert, second Lord Baltimore, of the Irish House of Lords and founding proprietor of the Province of Maryland
  • Baltimore is a translation of the Irish name Baile an Tí Mhóir, meaning "town of the big house.
  • Maryland began with the arrival of an English ship at St. Clement's Island in the Potomac River on March 25, 1634
  • By 1752, Baltimore had just 27 homes, including a church and two taverns
  •  Lexington Market, founded in 1782, is known as one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the USA
  • Baltimore in 1774 established the first Post Office system in what became the USPS
  • February 7, 1904, the Great Baltimore Fire destroyed over 1,500 buildings in 30 hours
  •  Pope John Paul II held an open-air mass at Camden Yards during his papal visit to the United States in October 1995
  • The oldest continuously running tavern in the country, "The Horse You Came in on Saloon," is located in Baltimore
  •  Lexington Market is one of the longest-running markets in the world and longest-running in the USA, having been around since 1782
  • Baltimore is almost completely surrounded by Baltimore County, but is politically independent of it.
  • Famous Baltimore architects; Benjamin Latrobe, George A. Frederick, John Russell Pope, Mies van der Rohe and I. M. Pei
  • The Baltimore Basilica (1806–1821) is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States.
  • The Phoenix Shot Tower (1828), at 234.25 feet (71.40 m) tall, was the tallest building in the USA until the time of the Civil War
  •  Lloyd Street Synagogue is one of the oldest synagogues in the USA
  • I.M. Pei's World Trade Center (1977) is the tallest equilateral pentagonal building in the world at 405 feet (123 m) tall.
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a Major League Baseball park, opened in 1992
  • Tallest building in Baltimore; Transamerica Tower (formerly the Legg Mason Building, originally built as the U.S. Fidelity and Guarantee Co. Building) 529 feet (161 m)
  • Baltimore is officially divided into nine geographical regions: North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West, Northwest, and Central
  • Baltimore climate is with long hot summers, cool winters
  • Life expectancy in Baltimore was 74 to 75 years (2015)
  • Baltimore is the leading USA manufacturer of rye whiskey and straw hats.
  • Baltimore is ranked 9th for the total dollar value of cargo and 13th for cargo tonnage for all USA ports
  • The USS Constellation, the last Civil War-era vessel afloat, is docked at the head of the Inner Harbor
  • USS Torsk, a submarine that holds the Navy's record for dives (more than 10,000) resides in Inner Harbour
  • Coast Guard cutter Taney, the last surviving U.S. warship that was in Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941 is also at Inner Harbour
  • In the 1940s the National Brewing Company of Baltimore introduced the nation's first six-pack
  • Colt 45 beer was named after running back #45 Jerry Hill of the 1963 Baltimore Colts
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art has the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world
  • Baltimore is known for its Maryland blue crabs, crab cake, Old Bay Seasoning, pit beef, and the "chicken box"
  • The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is an internationally renowned orchestra, founded in 1916
  • The Vagabond Players, the oldest continuously operating community theatre group in the USA
  • Baltimore is the home of non-profit chamber music organization Vivre Musicale
  • Baltimore is the birthplace of Babe Ruth in 1895
  • Baltimore also hosted a Canadian Football League franchise, the Baltimore Stallions for 1994, 95
  • First professional sports organization in the United States, The Maryland Jockey Club, was formed in Baltimore in 1743
  •  Preakness Stakes, has been held every May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore since 1873
  • Athletic equipment company, Under Armour, is also based out of Baltimore. Founded in 1996 by Kevin Plank
  • The City of Baltimore boasts over 4,900 acres (1,983 ha) of parkland
  • Baltimore has been a Democratic stronghold for over 150 years
  • The Baltimore City Police Department, founded 1784 as a "Night City Watch"
  • Baltimore is protected by the over 1,800 professional firefighters of the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD)
  • The Postal Service's Baltimore Main Post Office is located at 900 East Fayette Street in the Jonestown area
  • Baltimore major airport is,  Baltimore–Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, generally known as "BWI" and is the 22nd busiest airport in the USA
  • Port of Baltimore was founded in 1706
  • Baltimore the first city to use reclaimed waterway debris to generate electricity
  • Baltimore is the last place in America where one can still find arabbers, vendors who sell fresh fruits and vegetables from a horse-drawn carts
  • Baltimore second in a list of the 17 best food cities in the country in 2015
  • Baltimore's main newspaper is The Baltimore Sun
  • Spiro Agnew, 39th US vice president was from Baltimore
  • Baltimore has ten sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International Alexandria, Egypt, Ashkelon, Israel, Changwon, South Korea, Gbarnga, Liberia, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, Luxor, Egypt, Odessa, Ukraine, Piraeus, Greece, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Xiamen, China

 

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Best Shopping Districts In Baltimore

District 1

  • West 36th Street in Hampden, which is just 15 minutes north of downtown. Dubbed “The Avenue” by Baltimorite's, the eclectic neighbourhood is a great location for themed gift shops like Ma Petite Shoe (artisan chocolate and designer shoes) to Trohv (Southern-style home decor). The long street also houses several unique antique stores, a vintage bookshop, and a cafe.

District 2

  • Near the waterfront, you’ll find a nice mix of boutiques shops and chic restaurants in Fell’s Point.  There is also a great selection of craft beer and wine, speciality ice cream shops, and a heavenly waterfront bakery. Check out locally-made canvas backpacks at Treason Toting Co.,  unique trinkets at Emporium Collagia and edible goodness at Modern Cook Shop.
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Where To Eat In Baltimore?

Baltimore is ranked number 2 out of 17 cities in the USA to dine. Pick one of the many good restaurants below.

Five Star:

  • Magdalena
  • The Capital Griller
  • Sotto Sopra
  • Rye Street Tavern
  • Charleston

Unusual:

  • Smearcase
  • Lemon Stick
  • Berger Cookies
  • Small Food Party

Most Romantic Restaurant:

  • La Cuchara

Great Pub Food:

  • Magurk’s Pub & Grill

Best Seafood Restaurant:

  • Philip’s Crab Deck

Best Italian Restaurant:

  • Rec Pier Chop House
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Recommended Hotels in Baltimore

Many travellers prefer to stay on Baltimore’s iconic Inner Harbor, but Baltimore, MD has multiple 5-star and boutique hotels spread across its various neighbourhoods. From 5-star luxury in swanky Mount Vernon to more budget-friendly motels downtown, Baltimore has lodgings to suit a large variety of tastes when it comes to places to spend the night.

Luxury Hotels

  • Four Seasons Baltimore, high-design suites and a scene-y ground-floor restaurant keep discerning guests satisfied.
  •  The Ivy is housed in a stunningly renovated 19th-century mansion complete with a conservatory and a billiards room.

Boutique Hotels

  •  Sagamore Pendry, a unique property that sits on the pier. Featuring, an outdoor pool facing the harbour, a Botero sculpture, and a direct pick-up point for riding Baltimore’s famous water taxis.

Budget Hotels

  • Radisson Hotel Baltimore,
  • Holiday Inn Baltimore-Inner Harbor,
  • Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel,
  • all of which start at under $150 per night.

 

What else can I say that hasnt been said about Baltimore already? Great prices! Friendly people! Professional amenities! and all delivered with a smile 🙂

– Joy D

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Best Day Trips From Baltimore

Washington DC,

The USA's capital is only an hour south of Baltimore Maryland and provides endless attractions, from the Smithsonian museums (all of which are free) to the National Mall, and even the famous cherry blossom trees in springtime.

Annapolis

The charming waterside city of Annapolis is a mere 30 minutes from the city limits of Baltimore and is the perfect place to spend a day exploring one of the prettiest urban areas found anywhere in the state of Maryland.

Sandy Point State Park

Here, you can look forward to endless strolls along the sand down the extensive coastline, though the favourite beach itself is at one end of Chesapeake Bay Bridge where the views are nothing short of spectacular.

  • St Michaels
  • Chesapeake Beach
  • Ocean City
  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Frederick
  • Gunpowder Falls State Park
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Special Events And Festivals in Baltimore

Summer

  • Artscape is a late-July tradition that’s been labelled the largest free arts festival in North America. Located at Mount Vernon, the open-air street festival displays works by over 150 artists and makers of all genres.
  • In May, the Kinetic Sculpture Race is one of Baltimore’s most endearing traditions, involving a parade of over 30 giant hand-powered vehicles. A must-see if you are in town

Fall

  • Going to Baltimore in September? Show up for the Baltimore Seafood Festival, a new event that honours one of the city’s favourite hobbies: crab hunting. Maryland blue crabs, local oysters, crab cakes, and shrimp salad are presented at kiosks by local seafood eateries like Captain James Landing and Jimmy’s Famous Seafood.

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