Baltimore Travel Tips: 5 Things to Remember
Planning a Trip to America's "Charm City"? If so, here are five things to remember that will make your trip great and memorable.
Baltimore is a chic and historic municipal, situated on America’s east coast. With history and monuments dating back to the 1700’s, this city is a great destination for the American history enthusiast. As a very friendly, lively, and walkable city, Baltimore is a great destination for the curious and excitement-craving traveler as well. To ensure that your time in Charm City is well spent, here are a few things to remember when planning your great adventure.
1. Consider Visiting During the Summer Months
Baltimore is known for its frigid cold and gloomy winters. The last thing that any traveler wants on their trip is a case of the winter blues. To avoid this, remember to plan to stay anytime from June to August. The summer months are filled with warm, east coast sunshine and friendly festivities. Most of the city’s best events and offerings occur in the summer. So to experience Baltimore at its very best, come during the warmer season and you will enjoy your trip along with an east coast climate.
2. Take Advantage of Baltimore’s Transportation Methods
Baltimore has transportation methods ranging in price and also excitement. With many of the city’s attractions being in walking distance of each other, walking is not a bad option. Not only is walking a free and healthy way to commute, it also allows you to discover the city’s most intriguing attractions at your own pace. Another free commuting option is an effortless one! Take advantage of Baltimore’s Charm City Circulator. The circulator is a hybrid shuttle bus that circulates around Baltimore seven days a week, running approximately 10 minutes apart. The circulator is another free option that will take you to Baltimore’s best spots, but in a fraction of the time that walking would take. You can also stay connected to the city through the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA). The MTA has inexpensive transportation options including the light rail, subway, and buses. Not only can their services take you anywhere in the city, they but can take you all around the state of Maryland as well. Finally, the most thrilling transportation experience on offer is the water taxi. Ed Kane’s Water Taxi stops at over 30 attractions and neighborhoods all over Baltimore. This option is very popular among tourists. The water taxi is not only exciting, but is very affordable as well. Pay $9 for adults and $4 for children and have unlimited water taxiing services for the entire day! Like anywhere, renting a car is also a possibility. But consider the city’s other transportation methods before settling on a car rental.
3. Check out Inner Harbor for the Ultimate Tourist Experience
Baltimore is situated right on the Atlantic Ocean, wrapping around what is known as the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Go down to the harbor for the city’s best museums, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Inner Harbor is perfect for all ages. It is both scenic and fun-filled with its water and city views and great activities to partake in. Get a history lesson by touring some of the city’s most historic ships and museums, including the Civil War Museum. The harbor includes an art museum, science museum, and aquarium as well. The area is also home to great bars and restaurants, ranging in every budget, that showcase the city’s most popular culinary influences.
4. Fort McHenry is a Historic Must See!
For the American history fanatics, Fort McHenry is a national monument that is a real treat and blast from the past. Built in 1798, this monument helped the city to defend the shores of the United States against the British navy during the War of 1812.The fort is also the site where famous poet Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner, America’s national anthem. This star shaped fortress also played a primary role in both World War I and World War II. It was declared a national monument 1939 and has served the area as a unique and historic tourist attraction years following its declaration. Fort McHenry is both historically informative and visually captivating. This attraction definitely deserves time out of your visit.
5. Don’t Forget Edgar Allan Poe
Legendary poet, Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore during the prime poetry years of his life and also died in the city. His former home, located at 203 N Amity Street has been turned into a museum. The museum houses some of Poe’s belongings including his desk, some china glassware, and some fabrics that were owned by his relatives. Both the inside and outside of the home is well preserved and offers a wonderful insight of Poe’s living quarters back in the 1800's, where he lived with his grandmother and two cousins. Please note that if visiting the Poe house, the space is very tight and confined, with many winding staircases, which may be unsuitable for some visitors.
Baltimore is filled with modern fun and charming, eccentric history. Consider these travel suggestions when booking your trip to ensure that your vacation is a educational and exciting.
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