Baltimore travel guide

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You're Going to Love Baltimore

Baltimore is often neglected by tourists in favor of the East Coast's other great tourist cities, but this is a big mistake. If you head to this charming, vibrant city, you'll instantly see why.

For a start, you'll smell the irresistible aroma of freshly cooked crabcakes or coddies. Baltimore does seafood like no other American city, and its local specialities are not to be missed.

Alternatively, it could be the unique atmosphere of the city. When you head to an Orioles match or tour the stalls at Lexington Market, you'll feel like a native wherever you go.

There are also centuries of history to explore, not to mention museums, galleries and music venues. It all makes Baltimore an exceptional tourist destination, and one that nobody should overlook.

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What to do in Baltimore

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When to Visit Baltimore

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Baltimore can be very cold in winter and wet in spring and autumn, making summer the best time to go. Between late May and early September, the city is warm, and the cultural calendar kicks off. Art fans should be there in July for the Artscape festival, while August sees Druid Hill Park stage the popular StoneSoul Picnic event, featuring leading local hip hop and soul acts.

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How to Get to Baltimore

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Where to Stay in Baltimore

Most tourists choose to stay in the center of Baltimore, usually in the Inner Harbor district which is close to all of the major attractions. If you decide to stay there, check out the InterContinental Harbor Court, which has stunning harbor views, and the Hyatt Regency, which often offers lower rates than other luxury hotels nearby. If you want to stay Downtown, check out SpringHill Suites, which offers self-catering apartments, while budget travelers can stay at HI Baltimore, one of the most popular youth hostels in North America.

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Shopping Streets

Baltimore has some fantastic areas to shop, with a wide range of craft stores, boutiques and international brands to visit. There are standard malls like Arundel Mills, where the stores include Disney, H&M, and Old Navy. Closer to the center of town, the Gallery Mall at Harborplace features plenty of major chains like Banana Republic and Forever 21, while if you want arts and crafts products, head to Midtown outlets like Utrecht Art Supplies and Beadazzled.

Groceries and Other

Easily the most fun place to shop for groceries in Baltimore is Lexington Market. Established way back in 1782, Lexington Market sells a huge array of fruit and vegetables, preserves, seafood, and meat. However, for more standard groceries, head to supermarkets like Harvest Fare Save-a-Lot and Whole Foods, which can be found all across the city. Prices aren't too high. Expect to pay $3.80 for a gallon of milk and $2.80 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Baltimore

Eating is one of Baltimore's greatest highlights, particularly if you love seafood. The city is famed for its steamed crabs, and great places to try them includes Faidley's Seafood, next to Lexington Market and Riptide by the Bay. Pit beef sandwiches are an alternative for meat lovers, and you can find great examples at Chaps Pit Beef and Bo Brooks. Cod fishcakes (coddies) are another specialty, and the best in town are served at Attman's Delicatessen. Expect to pay around $15 for a mid-range meal and $30 or more at a higher-end restaurant.

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