Tour Baltimore – Reborn And Booming!

Tour Baltimore Guide:

Once a city of crime and decay, Baltimore has rebuilt itself into a safe tourist mecca of fun, history, and entertainment, its wonderfully quirky sense of humor intact.

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Tour Baltimore; A city in decay in the early 1970s, Baltimore has become a glittering tourist center of fascinating distinctive neighborhoods, with a downtown harbor that is full of activity and entertainment. The city is proud of its illustrious history, great sports center, and educational institutions that rank among the best in the world. This is a comfortable, likeable town… after all, what&_39s not to like about a town that boasts Thurgood Marshall, Edgar Allan Poe, Babe Ruth, and John Waters as native sons? Come with me as I take you through ‘Charm City,’ a place with a whimsical, quirky attitude toward the vicissitudes of life. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Tour Baltimore Highlights

  • Introduction
  • Inner Harbor
  • The Railroad Museum
  • East Baltimore
  • Mount Vernon
  • Baltimore Cuisine
Transportation Walking & Driving
Specialty City/Town, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Travel Log – play before you go
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  • The best time to visit Baltimore is spring, when many of the sites, such as the USS Constellation, are open, but Baltimore's steamy hot summer has not yet arrived.
  • If you check out the Peabody Conservatory website you can find any number of the hundreds of recitals by conservatory students, all free and open to the public. And every Thursday noon during the academic year, Peabody presents a weekly recital showcasing Peabody students.
  • If you want to get a feel for the quirky psyche of a Baltimorean, check out the critically acclaimed HBO television series 'The Wire,' an honest and gritty portrayal of Baltimore contemporary life in the city they call 'Bodymore, Murderland.' Watch the films of Barry Levinson, who grew up in the city's Jewish neighborhoods and made the movies 'Diner,' 'Tin Men,' 'Liberty Heights,' and others.
  • If the B&O Railroad Museum does not give train aficionados enough, take a short (15-mile) drive to the Ellicott City Station, the oldest railroad station in America, where you can ride the first mile of rail ever built in the country and take in events such as the Civil War days, Victorian fun fair, or holiday festival of trains.
  • If you can't make it to Flicks on the Hill at Federal Hill and you still want a free outdoor movie, head over to Little Italy, the neighborhood where U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi grew up, to see a movie every Friday night in summer.

Julie Hatfield

Julie has been a staff writer for The Boston Globe for 22 years, and is now a freelance travel writer for newspapers, magazines and websites.


When my editor at The Boston Globe sent me down to Baltimore to write a travel story on that town, I was not excited. Baltimore? An old, tired city that no one wants to visit, I thought. What does Baltimore have that would make anyone take a trip there?

And then I visited Baltimore. The first thing I saw in stepping out of the taxi was a waterfront that was full of life, full of activity, full of families, and booming. I discovered this waterfront was revitalized from a dangerous, decrepit group of tired old buildings that a progressive mayor had torn down and brought in their place a city center for everyone to use. I discovered one of the quirkiest art museums in the country, one of the oldest and most respected medical schools, and sports heroes and musicians and poets and layers and layers of odd and quirky stories that took place in Baltimore.

I discovered a tremendous sense of humor in Baltimorans, who celebrate the funeral of Edgar Allen Poe with a parade each year because he never had a proper one, and a special warmth in Baltimorans, who call everybody “Hon.”

I discovered fantastic food; beginning with Maryland crab cooked every way possible and continuing on to the biggest and sweetest Southern breakfasts you’ll ever have anywhere.

I cried when I saw how Baltimorans honor our flag and our national anthem at one of the best forts in the country.

There is so much more. Here’s what professional writer Ed Wetschler says about my tour of Baltimore that resulted in two more trips to that town:

"What I like -- and, as a travel writer, admire -- about the Baltimore guide is the author's ability to understand and communicate what we travelers want and need to know about each site and attraction. She tells us what's important, interesting, and fun without bogging us down in extraneous information. Impressive!"


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