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.
It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Cleveland to Baltimore in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.
So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list.
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Flight deals to Baltimore
The cheapest flights between Cleveland and Baltimore are if you leave on May 30 and return from Maryland on June 2. American Airlines currently has tickets for $161, roundtrip.
Top Baltimore hotels
To plan your accommodations, here are some of Baltimore’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.
The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront (700 Aliceanna St.)
If you're looking to treat yourself, consider The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The hotel has a 4.8-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $179.
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. Additional attractions include the USS Constellation, the Fell's Point pub district and the shops at Harborplace.
The Hilton Baltimore (401 W. Pratt St.)
There's also the 4.4-star rated The Hilton Baltimore. Rooms are currently set at $135/night.
This downtown Baltimore hotel is located adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards and very close to the USS Constellation, the Hippodrome Theatre and the M&T Bank Stadium. Other attractions include the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the shops at Harborplace. The hotel is directly connected to the Baltimore Convention Center via an indoor walkway.
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.
The Food Market (1017 W. 36th St.)
One of Baltimore's most popular restaurants is The Food Market, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of five reviews on Skyscanner.
"Chef Chad's menu is, to say the least, stunning," wrote visitor Charles. "Service is great. Excellence."
G&M Restaurant (804 N. Hammonds Ferry Road)
Another popular dining destination is G&M Restaurant, with 4.7 stars from 11 reviews.
At G&M Restaurant & Lounge, we use only the finest ingredients available. Come enjoy our complete selection of seafood, sandwiches, Greek specialties, and authentic Italian and American cuisine.
Top Baltimore attractions
To round out your trip, Baltimore offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.
Wockenfuss Candies (6831 Harford Road)
The top-rated visitor attraction in Baltimore, according to Skyscanner, is Wockenfuss Candies.
Wockenfuss Candies is proud to be one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. They are a family owned business that is now in its fifth generation of candy making. It all started for when Herman Charles Wockenfuss was born in 1875 in West Prussia, Germany.
Maryland Science Center (601 Light St.)
Maryland Science Center is another popular destination.
Maryland Science Center features interactive exhibits that focus on physics, marine biology and astronomy. Among the most popular recent exhibits were three-dimensional nebula models and a giant meteor hanging from the ceiling of the main hall. Of more local interest is the Chesapeake Bay estuary exhibit, which features several tanks of live creatures. Packages that include tickets to the IMAX are available.
"Great interactive and educational place to bring the family out to," wrote visitor Justin. "They have some of the coolest hands-on installations here."
The American Visionary Art Museum (800 Key Highway)
Finally, spend some time at The American Visionary Art Museum.
The American Visionary Art Museum is a unique, critically acclaimed art venue and a great stop for any visitor to Baltimore. The museum hosts shows organized by theme rather than by artist and strives to step out of the accepted art canon displayed at many American museums. The U.S. Congress unanimously voted the American Visionary Art Museum "the official national education center, repository and museum for self-taught, intuitive artistry."
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