Baltimore, Maryland

As Google puts it, “Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks and attractions like the Civil War–era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures. In the cobbled neighborhood of Fell’s Point, 19th-century row houses neighbor chic cafes and bars. The historic neighborhoods of Mount Vernon and Federal Hill are home to the Walters Art Museum, exhibiting ancient Egyptian artifacts and art nouveau jewelry, and the American Visionary Art Museum, which celebrates outsider art”.

Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is a must in Baltimore. The museum beautifully describes how the fort successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy from the Chesapeake Bay on September 13–14, 1814. Be sure to check out their website to see if their are any events going on:

Federal Hill

A great walk for a view of the Inner Harbor. While there you can see the two statues in memory of two major battle commanders, General Smith and Maj. George Armistead. For more information:

Seven Foot Knoll Light

 This lighthouse is “the oldest screw-pile lighthouse in Maryland. It was located atop Seven Foot Knoll in the Chesapeake Bay until it was replaced by a modern navigational aid and relocated to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as a museum exhibit”. For more information: