Have you visited all of the major sites in the nation's capital, but overlooked the surrounding cities you might have flown into? Baltimore, Maryland, might be the prime spot for your next visit to the Washington, D.C., area.
Baltimore is itself a historic city, the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic and at one time the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the U.S. Famous residents have included Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, Billie Holiday and Babe Ruth. The city has 72 designated historic districts, distinct cultural enclaves representing Baltimore's diverse urban landscape, which has earned Baltimore the nickname "city of neighborhoods."
Today, Baltimore is also home to Johns Hopkins University and its world-renowned hospital. Maryland blue crabs fill the local crab shacks, along with some of the trendiest culinary destinations, including the bakery behind the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes." Baseball fans will find the Baltimore Orioles in their iconic ballpark at Camden Yards.
Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Milwaukee and Baltimore in the next few months, including some standout hotel options and favorite local attractions.
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Cheapest Baltimore flights
Currently, the cheapest flights between Milwaukee and Baltimore are if you leave on April 1 and return from Maryland on April 3. United currently has tickets for $212, roundtrip.
Delta also has tickets at that price point later in April. If you fly out of Milwaukee on April 29 and return from Baltimore on May 1, Delta can get you there and back for $212 roundtrip.
Top Baltimore hotels
To plan your stay, here are some of Baltimore’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.
The Hilton Baltimore (401 W. Pratt St.)
For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Hilton Baltimore. The hotel has a 4.4-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $135.
This downtown Baltimore hotel is located adjacent to the Oriole Park at Camden Yards and very close to the USS Constellation, the Hippodrome Theatre and M&T Bank Stadium.
The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront (700 Aliceanna St.)
If you're looking to treat yourself, there's The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, which has rooms for $179/night. It checks in with 4.8 stars.
Set in the heart of Baltimore, this hotel is close to the Pier Six Concert Pavilion and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
The Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore Downtown (8 E. Pleasant St.)
If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, try The Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore Downtown. The 4.4-star hotel has rooms for $71/night.
Top picks for dining and drinking
Don't miss Baltimore's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.
Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop (222 Albemarle St.)
First things first: where to get your coffee fix. For a popular option, check out Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop, which has an average of 4.5 stars out of 20 reviews on Skyscanner.
Mama's on the Half Shell (2901 O'Donnell St.)
For another popular option, check out Mama's on the Half Shell, with 4.5 stars from 18 reviews.
"Wonderful service! The seafood was reasonably priced, too," wrote reviewer Tosheriah.
G&M Restaurant (804 N. Hammonds Ferry Road)
One of Baltimore's most popular restaurants is the G&M Restaurant, with 4.7 stars from 10 reviews.
"Most people are here for the crab cakes, both day and night. Personally, I can't finish a single crab cake in one sitting, but there are plenty of strong-willed eaters who can take down two at once," wrote RAWarren.
Featured local attractions
Not sure what to do in Baltimore, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.
Wockenfuss Candies (6831 Harford Road)
The top-rated visitor attraction in Baltimore, according to Skyscanner, is Wockenfuss Candies. It has five stars from seven reviews.
Wockenfuss Candies is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. This is a family-owned business that is now in its fifth generation.
Maryland Science Center (601 Light St.)
The Maryland Science Center is another popular destination. It has 4.9 stars from 14 reviews.
The center features interactive exhibits that focus on physics, marine biology and astronomy. Among the most popular recent exhibits were the three-dimensional nebula models and a giant meteor hanging from the ceiling of the main hall.
The American Visionary Art Museum (800 Key Highway)
Finally, spend some time at The American Visionary Art Museum. It checks with 4.8 stars from 30 reviews on Skyscanner.
"This museum is a temple of unabashed creative energy unlike anywhere else in the state," wrote visitor Kelly.
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