This hid­den gem is a cen­tre for cul­ture, where you can en­joy world-class cui­sine... Learn about a lit­er­ary le­gend

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1 Bal­ti­more is a hot­bed of cre­ativ­ity. The Amer­i­can Vi­sion­ary Art Mu­seum (AVAM) is lo­cated in the Federal Hill neigh­bour­hood. It’s the of­fi­cial na­tional mu­seum for self­taught, in­tu­itive artistry and at­tracts over 100,000 vis­i­tors every year. While the Bal­ti­more Mu­seum of Art (BMA) has an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned col­lec­tion of 95,000 ob­jects, in­clud­ing more than 1,000 works by Henri Matisse. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Ex­plore by bike

2 See Bal­ti­more up close and per­sonal on a guided bi­cy­cle tour. The street bikes are light, and each tour lasts be­tween two-and-a-half and three hours. You’ll take in some of the most his­toric land­marks in the city, in­clud­ing Car­roll Park and Federal Hill.

Try the lo­cal tip­ples!

3 Si­t­u­ated along the Jones Falls stream, in the his­toric Wood­berry neigh­bour­hood, Union Craft Brew­ing makes great beer (and pro­vides great com­pany!). Free tours of the brew­ery take place every Satur­day at 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30. The rest of the time, take a seat at the bar and en­joy a pint or two.

If beer’s not your thing, head to Sag­amore Spirit Dis­tillery – a five-acre com­plex of­fer­ing a look at how Sag­amore Spirit Rye Whiskey is made.

Eat to your heart’s con­tent

4 R House – known as the launch pad for the city’s most ex­cit­ing chefs – is a must-visit food hall. At each of the 10 stalls, you’ll find a team do­ing what they love most – mak­ing de­li­cious food. They draw in­spi­ra­tion from Bal­ti­more and around the world – from Cara­cas to Seoul – and bring it all back to R House. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one – from Venezue­lan arepas to amaz­ing pre­mium ice cream.

Take to the wa­ter

5 The Bal­ti­more Wa­ter Taxi – the old­est of its kind in the US – is a wa­ter taxi ser­vice of­fer­ing sight­see­ing and trans­porta­tion ser­vices to points along the Bal­ti­more In­ner Har­bor. Hop aboard and take in the sights of this fas­ci­nat­ing city!

6If you’re a lit­er­a­ture lover, then you may know the work of Edgar Al­lan Poe. When Poe died, he was buried, un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously, in an un­marked grave in the city’s West­min­ster Ceme­tery. Years later, a statue was erected, honour­ing Poe, near the grave­yard en­trance. There’s also an Edgar Al­lan Poe House and Mu­seum for those who are in­ter­ested in his life and work.

Check out the his­toric In­ner Har­bor area

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