Plan Your Weekend Getaway or Vacation in Baltimore
Visit Baltimore, the largest city in Maryland and the second-largest seaport on the Mid-Atlantic coast1. During the end of summer or early fall, the weather is still warm and the timing is perfect for a trip to Baltimore. The “city of neighborhoods” is overflowing with historic landmarks and other attractions that can capture your interest. Whether you’re cracking the shell of a steamed blue crab in an amazing restaurant, being awed by the performance of talented artists or soaking up tradition at the historical sites that abound in the city, there’s something for everyone.
Navigate the city with a group of friends and a professional driver at the wheel. US Coachways has a fleet of buses and minibuses that are perfect for a vacation or getaway. When chartering a bus, you can enjoy the ride and save on travel costs.
What Does Baltimore Have to Offer?
US News Travel2 recommends the following as some of the best things to do in Baltimore.
Art and Culture
Baltimore Museum of Art. Just north of downtown Baltimore, the Baltimore Museum of Art is located in Charles village. It contains 90,000 art pieces and boasts an excellent impressionist art collection with works from Matisse, Cézanne and Picasso. It also has an impressive Andy Warhol collection, one of the largest in the world.
Gertrude’s is an upscale restaurant inside the museum with spectacular views of the sculptures. The atmosphere is relaxed and you can grab a bite to eat while you’re there and enjoy the view.
The Walters Art Museum. The Walters Art Museum in Mount Vernon is unique in that its art pieces span a period of 5,000 years with works from Egypt that are pre-dynasty and 20th century European, Roman and Greek masterpieces along with paintings from Old Masters. The museum opened over a century ago and you’ll see a wide variety of art including Renaissance paintings, Asian, along with Byzantine and Ethiopian art pieces. It also contains medieval galleries with suits of armor.
American Visionary Art Museum. This art museum is known for its quirky art displays, such as the wind-powered structure that stands 55 feet tall, called “Whirligig” located at the museum’s entry. A 76-year old farmer created the whirligig and he built his first whirligig to power a washing machine. For a colorful, multidimensional view of culture through art, you can’t beat this museum. You can see how technology influenced daily life, enjoy the energy of storytelling and see the influences of race and gender in the topics explored. There are plenty of funky art exhibits to marvel at and it’s certainly a break from the traditional, if you like that sort of thing.
Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum. One of America’s most celebrated writers, Edgar Allen Poe, lived in Baltimore with his family from 1833 to 1835. This house is where many experts believe Poe got his inspiration for well known poems and stories, such as “MS. Found in a Bottle” and “To Elizabeth.”
His house, which has been turned into a museum, contains rotating exhibits that portray Poe’s life and his connection with Baltimore. Despite being small, the house contains a substantial amount of details and information about the life of Edgar Allen Poe.
Other Notable Baltimore Attractions You Don’t Want to Miss
The Inner Harbor, which is one of the country’s major seaports, sits on Chesapeake Bay and is home to the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and the USS Constellation. It provides visitors with scenic strolls, street performances, restaurants and shops.
The National Aquarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums and about 1.5 million people visit it every year. There are more than 17,000 aquatic specimens of more than 750 species. You’ll see an open ocean shark tank and can visit the 4D Immersion Theater. The aquarium also has a marine mammal Pavilion and bottle noised porpoises, which are a favorite for visitors.
The Maryland Science Center displays numerous exhibits that capture children and adults’ interest, including Dinosaur Mysteries, Newton’s Alley, Spacelink and Your Body: the Inside Story. It also has a planetarium and observatory. From the stars to the tiny cells in your body, you can explore the extremes and gain scientific insights.
The USS Constellation sits docked in the Inner Harbor and is a ship with a long history since its first launch in 1854. It played an active part in disturbing slave trade in the 19th century. It was the last all-sail ship to remain in the U.S. Navy and was used in both world wars. Every day at noon, cannon firing demonstrations take place. Tour the ship and get a feel for the ship’s heritage and the role it filled in our country’s history.
Port Discovery is a great spot for kids from the ages of two to 10. This interactive museum is lots of fun and children can enjoy the Art of Sesame Street exhibits and KidWorks, which is a three-story tree house to climb and play in.
Trip Advisor3 lists the top 15 things to do in Baltimore and among them are visiting a number of historical landmarks.
The Washington Monument and Mount Vernon Place is located on 199 North Charles St, Charles and Monument Streets in Baltimore. Many people don’t realize it, but the first monument that Robert Mills designed and dedicated to George Washington is located in Baltimore. He later designed the Washington Monument in D.C. The Baltimore monument was restored and reopened in 2015, on July 4th. You can climb its 227 steps and look out over the city through a magnificent view. The Monument’s gallery also has interactive exhibits.
Patterson Park Pagoda is a unique structure that dates back to 1890. Initially, it was called the Observatory, but its oriental appearance also led to its current name, the Pagoda. Although the architecture is oriental, the Superintendent of Parks, Charles H. Latrobe, had designed it to characterize the Victorian style of its time period. It offers a fantastic view of downtown Baltimore, Key Bridge, Fort McHenry and the many neighborhoods in Baltimore.
Fort McHenry is the site where the famous Battle of Baltimore occurred in 1814. The fort’s courageous defense inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner.” The fort is built in the shape of a pentagon and it defended Baltimore Harbor against a naval attack by the British during the War of 1812.
Located on the south shore of the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill Park originally served as a lookout area with a signal tower on the site. It offered a panoramic view spanning more than 15 miles, and watchmen could observe incoming ships. In the late 1700’s, watchmen of the tower would raise a flag to alert merchants and ship owners about important arrivals. During the War of 1812, a military battery was constructed on the hill and used as a stronghold against the British invasion. Currently, Federal Hill Park is a recreational era for picnickers and stargazers and is appreciated for its breathtaking views of the Inner Harbor.
If you’re looking for some great food, Eater4 has high recommendations and lists the top 12 hottest food spots that are the most in-demand restaurants and bars. Among them are:
The Handlebar Cafe is a combination pizza or sandwich shop/coffee counter/ cocktail and beer bar and bike shop. Hall of Fame mountain biker Maria Streb and her husband Mark Fitzgerald opened the restaurant and it uniquely accommodates a variety of all their favorite things.
Ida B’s Table is named after the famous black journalist who wrote about civil rights issues in the early 1900’s, Ida B. Wells. The restaurant specializes in soul food, all locally sourced, with popular dishes like catfish, fried chicken, Native American fry bread tacos and octopus po ‘boy sliders.
Minnow is the restaurant for seafood lovers, and with a seaport location, people often expect great seafood. You can enjoy delicious dishes of grilled whole branzino, shrimp ceviche, marinated mussels and fried oysters.
Plan Your Baltimore Getaway Weekend or Vacation
Chartering a bus is the perfect way to see Baltimore, especially when you’re traveling with a group of family or friends. You’re free of driving hassles and don’t have to deal with city traffic, parking or directions. Here are some advantages when chartering a bus:
Saving on travel costs. Chartering a bus enables you to share the costs with others in your group. Splitting costs is a much more economical way to travel.
Staying safe. Charter buses are the safest mode of ground transportation in the country. Bus drivers are highly trained professionals, and putting your group’s safety in the hands of a professional keeps everyone safe. You have no worries about designating drivers either.
Traveling green. Charter buses even beat hybrid cars when it comes to green travel. The carbon footprint per traveler is less than for any other type of road transportation.
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