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