Introducing the city

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About Baltimore

Nicknamed Charm City, Baltimore has been home to some famous names, including Edgar Allan Poe, Billie Holiday and Babe Ruth.

If you're looking for great seafood, small-town local charm and beautiful harbour views, Baltimore should be right up your street. With a rich history and a close proximity to major cities like Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York, Baltimore's east-coast location does it a lot of favours.

Theatre and music are thriving in Baltimore, with the entertainment district serving up a variety of offerings. Back in 2008, Baltimore was named 'City with the Best Music Scene'. The jazz scene in particular is prominent, which is hardly surprising when you consider the legendary jazz artists that have called the city home; we've already mentioned Billie Holiday, but Cab Calloway and Chick Webb also rose to fame in Baltimore.

With enough charm to please any star-studded celeb, Baltimore is sure to give you something to shout about.

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When Should You Visit?

July is Baltimore's warmest month but summer also sees the most tourists. Opt for late spring for fewer crowds and warm weather.

Average temperatures exceeding 20 degrees Celsius can be found from June to September. The winter months are December to February, with January standing as the coldest month, offering an average temperature of around 3 degrees Celsius. Rain in the city is pretty steady throughout the year. The driest month is July which is also the warmest seeing an average high temperature of 31 degrees Celsius.

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Travioor top tips

Free travel
Water Taxi

Insider Info

  • The Charm City Circulator offers free travel seven days a week. Whilst most of the sights in Baltimore are within walking distance of each other, the City Circulator is a good option for those further-afield spots.
  • With more monuments per capita than any other U.S. city, you won't be short of things to see and do. Be sure to visit the Fort McHenry National Monument.
  • The Baltimore Water Taxi offers a one-of-a-kind way of travelling around the city. Hop on and off at one of 17 stops and see what the water front has to offer.

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Food and drink

Main Course £11.78 | $15.00

3-Course Meal £47.13 | $60.00

Cappuccino £3.06 | $3.90

Beer £3.14 | $4.00

The Scene

Though famed for it's crab cakes and seafood in general, Baltimore's food scene has a lot more to offer than our favourite crustaceans, but there are plenty of places to find them on the menu. The city is home to the world's largest market, which celebrates local favourites and also incorporates some well-loved flavours from all over the world.

Many a food and drink festival grace the city too, from firm foodie favourites Oysterfest and the Baltimore Seafood Festival to the well-loved wine and craft beer festivals.

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Baltimore’s Story

Baltimore's history is intrinsically tied to its life as an important seaport. As one of the nation's oldest ports, it dates back over three centuries. The United States national anthem 'The Star-Spangled Banner', was born in Baltimore's Inner Harbour at Fort McHenry.

In its early days Baltimore traded tobacco with England, and by the 18th century was also a store-hold for sugar-producing colonies in the Caribbean. After the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Baltimore grew to become one of the largest cities on the east coast.

The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 is one of the most momentous events in modern history for Baltimore and the state of Maryland as a whole. The fire burned for over 30 hours, destroying over 1,500 buildings and leaving over 35,000 people unemployed. The city was quickly rebuilt with a much better layout and the disaster was deemed to have been a blessing in disguise.

Nowadays, the city is proud of its history of resilience, boasting one of the most remarkable transformations in history.



Baltimore's dominant language is English, though many of its residents also speak a second language. The Baltimore accent, or rather 'Bawlmer' accent as the locals call it, is classified by it's flattening of vowels. Listen out for Baltimore colloquialisms such as:

  • Yoose all: Refers to a group of two or more people.
  • Hon: An endearing term used for everyone and anyone.
  • Arnjuice: Orange juice
  • Proly: Probably

Need to know

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911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • The nearest airport is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, a short 15 minute drive from Baltimore itself.
  • A gratuity is often already added to your restaurant bill. If it isn't, tipping between 15-20% is good practice.
  • You can catch a train from Baltimore Penn Station to Washington D.C. in a short 30-45 minute trip.


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Travioor Recommends

1. Crab Feasts

Traditional crab feasts take place in many local crab houses, offering a variety of local seafood. Crabs are most plentiful in the summer and autumn months.

2. Lexington Market

Baltimore's oldest market is over 220 years old and open 6:30am - 6pm daily. Expect great tasting local food with flavours from all over the world.

3. 33 Art Center

Offering free exhibitions, 33 Art Center celebrates visual art and culture in Baltimore. They also hold art classes and workshops so you can try your hand at something new.

4. Aquarium

The National Aquarium is one of Baltimore's most popular tourist attractions. For the best visitor experience, visit before 11am or after 3pm.

5. Orchestra

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is home to internationally acclaimed artists and puts on over 100 shows a year. Its main residence is the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

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