Mid Atlantic Region

Regional Spotlight: Mid Atlantic: Baltimore, MD

Fun facts:

  • Baltimore is the city of firsts: First dental school was founded in the city in 1840; first U.S. post office system was inaugurates in 1774; first telegraph line in the world was established between Washington, DC and Baltimore in 1844. What a history!
  • Baltimore may the largest city in Maryland, but it is not the state capital! Annapolis is the capital.
  • The Star Spangled Banner was written in Baltimore in 1814 during the Battle of Baltimore against the British.
  • Oprah Winfrey (better known as Oprah!) once anchored Baltimore’s WJZ-TV evening news.

Things To Do:

  • Into live music? There are lots of venues to check out! Head over to the harborfront Pier Six Pavilion during the summer for great views and great headliners. Looking for a more intimate setting? The 8×10 in Federal Hill features mostly local artists. Thinking of letting loose a bit? Rams Head Live has five bars, three levels, and a packed lineup. For free tunes, check out WTMD’s First Thursday concert> series, which runs from May through September.
  • Not into music, but into other types of art? The American Visionary Art Museum is a unique, unconventional art museum. All of the works are done by self-taught creators. Talk about innovative!
  • For you hipsters out there, Hampden is the way to go. This old mill town has morphed into a spot for art studios, wine bars, and trendy restaurants. Located on 36th St, “the Avenue” has a plethora of eclectic shops and cafes.
  • If you’re feeling healthy and wanting to exercise a bit more, check out the free (yes, free!) fitness classes at Inner Harbor.  Waterfront Wellness series has  classes four days a week and they are taught by local professionals. These classes range from yoga and dance workouts to boot camp and CrossFit. Not into working out with a bunch of strangers? Head out with a friend or dog on the 11-mile Jones Fall Trail.

What To Eat:

  • CRAB! You must eat crab in Maryland! Some favorites are Captain JamesPhillips Seafood, and Riptide by the Bay.
  • Feeling fancy? Check out the famous Woodberry Kitchen, who sources all ingredients from local farmers.
  • If you’re indecisive, head over to the historic  Lexington Market where you’ll have your choice from different vendors ranging from seafood to chicken & waffles to tasty desserts. But plan in advance – parking can be tough!
  • Craving bbq and not wanting to spend a ton? Pioneer Pit Beef is calling your name!
  • Sometimes, you just need some soul food and Ida B’s is the way to go. Her modern twist on soul food will leave your bellies happy.
  • If you’re just looking for a good, solid pizza – eat at Matthew’s Pizza. Both locals and tourists flock here to get their pizza fix.