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D.C.: Day Trip to Baltimore

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Head 40 miles north from DC and discover in Maryland's largest city. Baltimore—still fighting a cruel reputation as a gritty port town—is actually a young and thriving city with independent boutiques, destination restaurants, and a surprising art scene. Your escape to the Charm City should include exploring the streets of Fells Point, hopping a water taxi to Fort McHenry, wandering the halls of the National Aquarium, cracking crabs at Captain James's, seeing the fun and kitschy Hampden neighborhood, and shopping at the classic Lexington Market.
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Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD, USA
Navies, Marines, and coast guards from around the world came together to celebrate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 in Baltimore, Maryland. This ship is from Columbia, one of many countries that gathered to show their support. The celebration...
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Mount Vernon, Baltimore, MD, USA
Almost everyone knows of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. but Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood will always hold the distinction of having the first civic memorial to George Washington in the United States. The 178-foot structure...
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300 Warren Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
The best view of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and downtown skyline is found on this historic high point, public gathering place, and civic treasure. It was here in 1788 that over 4,000 people celebrated Maryland's ratification of the U.S. Constitution...
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1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
Tucked away in Baltimore's historic Fells Point neighborhood, this funky and upbeat spot makes you fall in love with breakfast again. The Cap'n Crunch French Toast definitely lived up to the hype (as featured in the Food Network) with its three...
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E Saratoga St & Holliday St, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA
A parking lot during the week, on the weekend the lot transforms into a bustling market with vibrantly painted columns depicting the best of Baltimore. In the heart of the city, the market welcomes all and even accepts SNAP benefits (food stamps)....
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Fells Point, Baltimore, MD, USA
With the cobblestones and colonial architecture, I can't get enough of Fells Point and its historical appeal. To top it off, the main street, Thames, is right on the water, so you can wander along the promenade along the harbor. Across the harbor,...
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2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
One of Baltimore’s oldest pieces of history, Fort McHenry has developed from a battle zone to a National Landmark and Historic Park. This location played an important role in the defense of the Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. Most...
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2127 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
You can't leave Baltimore without trying crabs made in traditional Chesapeake fashion—steamed with Old Bay seasoning. Captain James Crabhouse has waterfront seating and even a menu with a "Crab Picking 101" tutorial to help the novices. Crabs are...
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921 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211, USA
Looking for something different from the typical keychain or postcard to bring home as a souvenir? Then go to Trohv, an independently owned shop in Hampden that carries everything from furniture to home decor to gag gifts. This is where I go to...
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Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD, USA
Patterson Park is a great place to spend some time outside—especially if you're visiting Baltimore during the spring or fall (summers can be a bit muggy, but it's worth the sweat). Bring a picnic and plan an afternoon wandering the park. Check out...
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W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211, USA
Hampden is known for beehive hairdos, cat-eye glasses, kitchsy decor like the pink flamingo, and ladies who call everyone "hon." Now, though, Hampden is Baltimore's hipster neighborhood with an array of thrift stores, antique shops, boutiques, and...
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406 N Paca St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
One might think that the best Italian fare in Baltimore is in Little Italy. Surely there are some good places there, too, but this local favorite is found where you least expect it—in a neighborhood where, honestly, you won't find much commerce...
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400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Open since 1792, Lexington Market is one of the world's longest running markets and the largest among Baltimore's 7 public markets. It's hard to imagine this space in the heart of urban Baltimore once was bustling with horse-drawn carriages...