Baltimore is the largest and most complex city in Maryland, with a population of nearly 640,000. A city of neighborhoods, Baltimore is a port town, with gorgeous waterfront areas like the Inner Harbor. History and beautiful streets you'll find in neighborhoods like old Belvedere and Mount Vernon.
Baltimore is a bustling city, with Fortune 500 businesses scattered across the downtown area, as well as large universities, museums and historical sites. There is a large student population in Baltimore from the surrounding colleges and universities, including Johns Hopkins University, University of Baltimore, Loyola College in Maryland and a branch of the University of Maryland?all of which are located in the greater Baltimore area.
A stylish spot in Baltimore is the lively Inner Harbor. Flush with activities and attractions, the Inner Harbor features the award winning Harbor Court Hotel, and the Hyatt Regency on the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center and a huge array of shopping galleries and restaurants. Since its homecoming in 1999, the USS Constellation, sister ship to the USS Constitution, sits in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and is open for public touring throughout the year.
Baltimore is steeped in both literary and Civil War history. It is the birthplace of Edgar Allen Poe, Upton Sinclair, H.L. Mencken, and Gertrude Stein; and walking tours are available to visit their local haunts in historic Mount Vernon and Belvedere.
Fort McHenry, built during the Revolutionary War, The Baltimore Civil War Museum and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum are all local sites to get history buffs up to speed on their Civil War-era knowledge. In downtown Baltimore, the Washington Monument stands tall, and locals are proud to have this symbol honoring our country's father located in their city.
Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore and a popular spot for traveling baseball fans is Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. Formerly a rail station, Camden Yards is not far from the prestigious and well known Peabody Library and the Peabody Institute, given to the city, by financier and philanthropist George Peabody.
Baltimore is located in the north central part of state, along the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore Washington International Airport is just south of the city, and public transportation via the light rail, subways and buses are available throughout the city.