Baltimore is a lively mix of old and new, local and globalâ€”all of it energized by its strong sense of itself and its unique place among major cities along the East coast.more
Home to both the Orioles and the Ravens, Baltimore has one of the country's strongest traditions in its love of sports. Here's historic Oriole Park at Camden Yards, consistently voted a favorite among those who know their baseball parks.more
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a great destination for shopping, fine dining, music and more. Catch a water taxi and take in the sites on a cool, crisp evening, or join the many runners, bikers and kayakers who make the harbor part of their daily exercise routine. more
Yes, we have our purely local food traditions: a snowball on a hot summer day, a bushel of crabs and a keg of beer when it's time to feast ... and this: a lemon stick, which consists of fresh lemon juice combined with a peppermint straw. Yum.more
Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own character, mix of architecture and landscaping, and history. The city's housing stock is, in a word, amazing.more
It's more than just charming; Baltimore has been dubbed one of the top five new "cool" cities for Millennials, according to a City Observatory poll measuring the number of degree-holding young people living in core urban neighborhoods, 2000-10.
Baltimore is a big name on some other "best of" lists, too:
Baltimore isn't nicknamed Charm City for nothing. And while there are endless reasons that it's a great place to go to school, here are what we think are the five most important ones.
First, get a good overview of the city's many attractions. It may also help to understand the city's geography: We're on the water, the landscape is hilly but highly walkable, you don't need a car to get around, the city is relatively compact, etc. If there's one thing you'll learn from longtime residents, it's that Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods. The dozens of neighborhoods that make up the city, from Mount Washington to Homeland, Federal Hill to Highlandtown, all have their own character, folkways, history and perspective. The character of the city can change, block by block.
Charm City is charming for lots of reasons: crabs, hon culture, painted screens, the Kinetic Sculpture Race, the Bawlmer accent, rooftop decks, the Preakness Stakes, lemon sticks, Arabbers and much more. Spend some time here, and you'll discover all sorts of quirks that make Baltimore a city that's attracting young college graduates in record numbers.
Like much of the mid-Atlantic region, Baltimore is lucky to experience all four seasons. It's hot in the summer, cold in the winter and generally mild and beautiful during spring and fall. Of course, the saying around here goes: If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes ...