Baltimore is situated along the shores of the vast Chesapeake Bay nearly 200 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Since the 1600s, Baltimore waterways have given passage to ships carrying commercial cargo and new citizens - making it the second most popular point of entry for immigrants next to Ellis Island. It is located approximately 35 miles northeast of Washington DC and 75 miles southwest of Philadelphia, PA.

With hundreds of identified districts, Baltimore has sometimes been dubbed "a city of neighborhoods," but is more commonly known as "Charm City." Baltimoreans take pride in their city, boasting one of the most remarkable transformations in history, yet they continue to welcome and amaze visitors with down to earth, small town spirit and hospitality.

Facts

Population

2,704,554

Currency

US Dollar, $1 = 100 cents

Opening hours

Most stores are open all week 10a.m. to 8p.m. or later. Most bars and clubs close around 2 a.m.

Newspapers

The Baltimore Sun - baltimoresun.com The Baltimore Times - baltimoretimes-online.com

Tourist information

Baltimore Visitor Center 401 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21202 1-877-BALTIMORE vc@baltimore.org

Travel to Baltimore

Book your flights to Baltimore with Etihad Airways and discover a city that has undergone a recent renaissance with the addition of world-renowned museums and avant-garde buildings, but has accomplished it without disturbing the storied legacies found within the classic structures along some of its oldest boulevards and alleyways.

Top 5 Things To Do in Baltimore

  • Visit the award-winning National Aquarium in Baltimore where the futuristic style of the building is only the prelude to the hundreds of species of aquatic wonders you’ll encounter inside
  • Pass through the stately halls of the Museum of Art as you admire the masterpieces of Picasso, Gauguin, Cezanne, Degas and Van Gogh
  • Dare to enter 203 Amity Street, where Edgar Allan Poe penned many of his eldritch tales
  • Pause for a moment to look back at a more turbulent time in US history as you gaze upon the menacing 18th century cannons of Fort McHenry
  • Take a cruise from the port and watch the sun set to elegant music over a plate of exquisite cuisine

Plan Your Baltimore Holiday

The best time to buy tickets to Baltimore is for the months from June to August, when the city shows its livelier side through celebrations like HonFest and ArtScape. Music, merrymaking, and costumes prevail during these festivals that are extremely popular and tend to attract a lot of people, so be sure to make your reservations far in advance if you want to find cheap hotels in Baltimore during these months.

If the prospect of snow drifting around you and icy winds making you shiver isn’t enough to put you off, you can find the best flight deals to Baltimore from September to February. In fact, the Lighted Boat Parade, a fabulous show that normally involves more than 50 sailing boats, takes place in December.