Travelling trough the East Coast of the United States is one of the most extraordinary pleasures. While New York is the most visited city in the East Coast, other cities in this area, such as Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C, and Miami, are also highly prized by tourists.
Just an hour by train from D.C. and 3 hours by car from New York City lies a small coastal town that is not even recognized worth visiting: Baltimore, the capital and the largest city of Maryland, located just across the Patapsco river, one of the arms of the famous Cheseapeake Bay.
Famous for being a city of ships, the history of Baltimore dates back to 1729. There was founded one of the largest U.S. ports on the Atlantic, which, for its proximity to the Midwest, was of great importance for the country’s commerce. This port was also of great importance to the influx of immigrants in to the United States and was recognized for its ability to build large vessels of commerce and war (which were of great support during the war of independence and the Second World War).
After the decline of the construction of such boats, Baltimore is now a medical-oriented service and university city.
Baltimore’s inner Harbor is definitely the most important place of the city. There, tourists meet daily in museums, restaurants, shops, and bars. You can also visit different types of boats and learn more about the port industry. The Harbor is strategically located in the downtown of the city, and if you walk north from it, you can admire the skyscrapers and banks, offices and multinational companies buildings as well, and you will find hotels where to stay and cool nightspots and pubs.
Towards the East Bay there is a small neighborhood known for its architecture and nightlife: Fell’s Point. This place is definitely the most attractive part of the city. Surrounded by old townhouses and old factories, is here where the young people meet to have fun. Music, alcohol, food, and artists gather every night in this part of town, an area that some locals call “The Brooklyn of Baltimore.”
Some tips for your trip:
- The town is small so 3 or 4 days is sufficient to visit.
- You can take a Washington bound train from Penn Station and reach the center of the capital of the country for just $7 in one hour.
- Do not forget to taste the typical food: Crabcake, Chesapeake Chicken and the local beer per excellence: National Bohemian.
- If you are looking for a cheap place to stay, Hostel International is an excellent choice. This hostel is located in the city center near the bay and the Walters Art Gallery.
- Do not leave without visiting the Baltimore Museum of Art that has a large collection of classical, impressionist and modern art.
- The commute is free if you move within the city center in the Charm City Circulator buses.
- The Red Star Bar and the Pepper Moon Coffee are good spots to beging your afternoon.
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