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 Cincinnati and Baltimore in the next few months, including some standout hotel options and beloved local attractions.
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Cheapest Baltimore flights
Currently, the cheapest flights between Cincinnati and Baltimore are if you leave on July 18 and return from Maryland on July 21. Delta currently has tickets for $188, roundtrip.
There are also deals to be had earlier in July. If you fly out of Cincinnati on July 4 and return from Baltimore on July 7, Delta can get you there and back for $197 roundtrip.
Top Baltimore hotels
To plan your accommodations, 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 splurge on top quality, try The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, which has rooms for $179/night. It has 4.9 stars.
Set in the heart of Baltimore, this hotel is close to the Pier Six Concert Pavilion and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, as well as the American Visionary Art Museum.
The Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore Downtown (8 E. Pleasant St.)
If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, there's The Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore Downtown. The 4.4-star hotel has rooms for $71/night.
Top picks for dining and drinking
If you're looking for a popular spot to grab a bite, Baltimore has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.
Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop (222 Albemarle St.)
First things first: where to get dessert. 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.
"Vaccaro's is famous among both locals and visitors," wrote Daniel. "Located in the heart of Little Italy in Baltimore, patrons flood in to have lunch or pick up a tasty treat with a warm beverage."
G&M Restaurant (804 N. Hammonds Ferry Road)
One of Baltimore's most popular eateries is the G&M Restaurant. It has 4.7 stars from 11 reviews.
Expect seafood, sandwiches, Greek specialties along with authentic Italian and American cuisine.
The Food Market (1017 W. 36th St.)
Finally, there's The Food Market, with 4.8 stars from five reviews.
"Chef Chad's menu is stunning and the service here is great, too," wrote Charles.
Top Baltimore attractions
Baltimore is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are two popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.
The National Aquarium (501 E. Pratt St.)
First up is The National Aquarium. It has 4.5 stars from 101 reviews. It features a dolphin show, “4-D Immersion” sensory theater and, of course, plenty of marine creatures.
"This is one of my favorite aquariums in the country! Great to bring the whole family to and to see marine life you can't see at a traditional aquarium," wrote Alyssa.
Inner Harbor (Baltimore)
The Inner Harbor is another popular destination. It has 4.5 stars from 79 reviews.
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a favorite stop for tourists with an interest in the history of early America. The harbor is one of the major seaports in the United States and has been since the 1700s. The area provides many choices in dining, nightlife and cultural experiences.
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