Exploring urban U.S. cities: Baltimore
You don’t need to go far from your home to have adventures of many kinds. Most communities have a food scene, an art scene and an outdoors scene, no matter how small. The quaint little shops in downtown squares are inviting to the eyes, as the rolling hills and mountains or grassy flatlands entice the need for exploration.
However, urban cities are an adventure all their own. Each one has booming scenes but offers a few unique aspects that makes them all their own.
Just south of the Mason-Dixon Line, Baltimore is a treasured beauty along the Chesapeake Bay. Though not Washington, D.C. or the capital of Maryland, Annapolis, in and around Baltimore is rich with history, a mecca for art and education and a wide taste for different food.
Maryland was a Confederate state during the Civil War. With Gettysburg not too far away and with the large ports in its city, Baltimore was on stage during a fierce battle for slavery and human rights. The Baltimore Riot of 1861 is considered the first bloodshed of the Civil War, when a mob of secessionists and Southern sympathizers attacked the train cars and blocked the route for soldiers trying to reach the Capitol.
But Civil War wasn’t the only thing that made Baltimore famous in history. The country’s national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner, was composed there by Francis Scott Key in 1814. There are a few museums in Baltimore regarding its history, such as the Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum and the Civil War museum.
And don’t forget sports! Make sure to visit Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles, and the Babe Ruth Museum.
Art and Education
The art and education scene is big in Baltimore, with the Baltimore Museum of Art on center stage. an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art — a collection of more than 90,000 pieces. It has the largest collection of Henri Matisse, with other world-renown artists on display: Picasso, Cézanne, Manet, Degas, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Renoir.
But this museum isn’t the only art in the city, with the Walters Art Museum and many shops showcasing the talents of many.
Adjacent to the Baltimore Museum of Art is one of the campuses of John Hopkins University, a pioneer in the concept of the modern research university and ranked among the world’s top such universities throughout its history. With it’s sprawling campus and gorgeous buildings, it’s hard not to get sucked back into the college mindset while walking along the area.
But Hopkins isn’t the only university in town: Baltimore offers Loyola, University of Maryland Baltimore, University of Baltimore, and Maryland Institute College of Art, just to scratch the surface of this collegetown.
This bayside city isn’t just famous for fresh seafood and crabs, but offers a variety of ethnic foods, almost anything you can think of. Why else would there be so many online resources for the foodie in all of us, such as BaltimoreEats.com, a VegBaltimore site and even food tours for the Charm City.
But it’s OK that all you want is crabs: It’s a must in this city.
Baltimore has so much to offer. Visit the city’s website to explore the Charm City on your own.