Baltimore Sights

Visiting Baltimore without seeing the Inner Harbor is like touring New York City and skipping Manhattan. The harbor and surrounding area are home to a good number of the city's most popular sites: the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, the American Visionary Arts Museum, and The Maryland Science Center.

The neighborhoods themselves are fun to explore. Historic

Federal Hill, just south of the Inner Harbor, is home to some of the oldest houses in the city. Fells Point and Canton, farther east, are lively waterfront communities. Mount Vernon and Charles Village have wide avenues lined with grand old row houses that were once home to Baltimore's wealthiest residents. Farther north are Roland Park (Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. contributed to its planning), Guilford, Homeland, and Mt. Washington, all leafy, residential neighborhoods with cottages, large Victorian houses, and redbrick Colonials. It's easy to tour the Inner Harbor and neighborhoods such as Mount Vernon, Federal Hill, Charles Village, and Fells Point on foot. To travel between areas or farther out, however, the light rail or a car is more efficient. Most of the Inner Harbor's parking is in nearby garages, though meters can be found along Key Highway. In other neighborhoods, you can generally find meters and two-hour free parking on the street.

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Basilica of the Assumption

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Opened in 1821, the Basilica of the Assumption is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States. Designed by Benjamin Latrobe,...

Enoch Pratt Free Library

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Donated to the city of Baltimore in 1882 by its namesake, a wealthy merchant, the Enoch Pratt Free Library was one of the country's first...

First Unitarian Church

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Designed by Maximilian Godefroy in 1819, the church that year was the site for the sermon that definitively established Unitarianism...

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion

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Originally built in 1893 by Stanford White for Robert Garrett, the president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, this mansion was the...

George Peabody Library

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Known as a “cathedral of books,” the five-story reading room is consistently listed among the world’s most beautiful libraries.

Great Blacks in Wax Museum

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Though not as convincing as the likenesses at a Madame Tussauds, the more than 100 wax figures on display here do a good job of recounting...

Maryland Historical Society

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Celebrate Maryland's history and heritage at this block-long museum. One major draw is the original manuscript of "The Star-Spangled...

Mount Vernon Place

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One of the country's more beautifully designed public spaces, Mount Vernon Place is a prime spot for relaxing. It was established when...

Walters Art Museum

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The Walters' prodigious collection of more than 30,000 artworks provides an organized overview of human history over 5,500 years, from...

Washington Monument

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Completed on July 4, 1829, the impressive monument was the first one dedicated to the nation's first president. An 18-foot statue depicting...

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