Baltimore, founded in 1729, is the largest city in Maryland which has played a pivotal role in US history and development. As a key seaport, it was crucial during the American Revolution and the War of 1812, notably at the Battle of Baltimore, which inspired the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." Its strategic location on the Chesapeake Bay facilitated trade and economic growth, establishing Baltimore as a vital industrial and commercial center in Maryland. 

Known as "Charm City," Baltimore boasts a vibrant waterfront, particularly around the Inner Harbor, which is a hub of activity featuring attractions like the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and Baltimore's World Trade Center. This area is also home to historic ships such as the USS Constellation, which provide a glimpse into the city’s maritime history. The Inner Harbor is also a starting point for water taxis and harbor cruises, allowing for picturesque views of the city skyline and surrounding waterways

Inner Harbor, Baltimore

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Chesapeake Bay blue crab

Culturally, Baltimore thrives with a vibrant arts scene that includes the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, and numerous theaters and music venues. The city's diverse culinary offerings, particularly its famous Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, attract food enthusiasts from near and far.

George Peabody Library ©Matthew Petroff

City Hall

Baltimore Basilica, the first Catholic cathedral built in the United States.

Fort McHenry is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy. ©webbknight

The Baltimore Ravens have been one of the most successful NFL franchises since their inception in 1996.

Baltimore is also a prominent center for education and innovation, home to esteemed institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art. Together, these institutions contribute to Baltimore's vibrant intellectual landscape, offering diverse opportunities for academic and artistic growth, attracting professionals and students from around the globe.

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) stands out as one of the nation's leading art and design colleges.

Johns Hopkins University. Its renowned medical school, founded in 1893, is consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the United States and the world. ©Barrett Doherty