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Are you traveling to Baltimore, for the first time? Since it is the largest metropolitan area in Maryland there are tons of things to do, which means that you’ll find plenty of tourist options. Since your time is limited, you need to pick wisely.
Here’s how to plan your first trip to Baltimore…..
Pick the Right Transportation
Picking the right transportation is very important and can make or break an adventure. When you fly, you should try to arrive at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. It’s only 12 miles away from Inner Harbor, and possibly the place where you’re likely to spend most of your time. Dulles International Airport is great, but it is also 60 miles away from Inner Harbor. Not to mention that the traffic is regularly terrible. Which is a total downer and no one wants to deal with all that, especially when you have already been stuck on a plane for a long period of time.
Once you arrive, you can either take the Light Rail or SuperShuttle from the airport. The Light Rail connects with the Amtrak station, and in my opinion is the best form of transportation to use during your trip. NOTE: It stops multiple stops in downtown Baltimore, which is excellent. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are also great options for moving throughout the city. You can even use these services for rides into Washington, D.C.
Pick the Right Hotel
Since some parts of the city are more appealing than others, you need to plan carefully when booking one of the Baltimore hotels. You should aim for the Inner Harbor if you have no specific plans. That’s where most of the action is in Baltimore.
The other aspect to keep in mind are that the city has busy periods on the annual calendar. The third weekend of May is when the city hosts The Preakness Stakes. This horse-racing event is the middle leg of the Triple Crown, and hotel rooms book as much as six months in advance. Similarly, Baltimore Ravens football games also lead to maximum hotel occupancy.
Love the Inner Harbor
The Inner Harbor is the crown jewel for Baltimore tourist. It’s a seaport and landmark that anchors waterfront urban development in the area. You’ll find hundreds of tourist activities, shops, and restaurants in this area.
A couple of the most popular features are the museums and historical ships. Ten different museums reside in this section. They run the gamut of Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African-American History and Culture and the Baltimore Museum of Industry and Geppi’s Entertainment Museums. You can pass plenty of time touring each one. The historical ships include the USCGC Taney, which survived the Pearl Harbor attack, and the USS Constellation, the only remaining seaworthy vessel from the Civil War. Naval buffs in particular will love their trip to Baltimore.
Visit the Entertainment Districts
The structure of the Inner Harbor includes several subsections, each of which has amazing entertainment. In the downtown area, you will find the National Aquarium, a massive master aquarium. At Camden Yards, you’ll discover a gorgeous sports complex and even a sports museum.
The other terrific tourist attraction is Pratt Street Power Plant aka the Power Plant. It’s a restored power plant that now features vibrant nightclubs and excellent concerts plus some restaurants and shopping. You should end at least one of your evenings dancing the night away at the Power Plant. You will #LOVEIT!
Baltimore is a massive city made up of over 92 miles with lots of exciting activities. By following the suggestions above, you should have an unforgettable first visit. I promise you, you wont be sorry!