Baltimore, known as a Charm City, it's a dynamic, bustling metropolis, continually evolving while holding on to its maritime heritage. This city is an American success story, setting the standard for urban renewal. The proof is Inner Harbor, now a scenic and popular waterfront area with retail stores, restaurants, and other attractions, including street entertainers, open-air concerts, parades, fireworks, and an outdoor ice skating rink. And since it is a harbor, there are always boats sail boats, paddle boats, cruise boats, and more. Charming historic neighborhoods are within easy walking distance of Inner Harbor, each with its own unique character.
Little Italy s restaurants are to die for, the festivals of San Gabriel and St. Anthony are always popular, and the area boasts two bocce ball courts. You feel as if you re in an old English town with cobblestone streets and lots of pubs in Fells Point, the oldest section of Baltimore. Don t forget to check out Inner Harbor East; it offers retail shops, restaurants and hotels. Canton, to the east, is one of the city s hottest neighborhoods, where old factories have been converted into a thriving retail and entertainment hub. You! love the view of the city from atop Federal Hill on Inner Harbor s south side. The boutiques, restaurants and market are clearly visible from here. Mount Vernon, the cultural center of the city, is where the rich and famous of the 18th and 19th centuries lived. Here you! find the first architectural monument to George Washington, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Walters Art Gallery, and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption, the first Roman Catholic cathedral in the country. Baltimore s history includes the famous War of 1812 battle that was commemorated by Francis Scott Key in a poem that is now our National Anthem. You re certain to feel his spirit as you view the sights in this famous town. His ghost is not the only one living here, but none of them are malicious, only playful. They would love to meet you, so why not come for a visit?