Baltimore is a popular tourist destination in Maryland, in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America, near Washington, D.C. It lies in an arm of the Chesapeake Bay and is a major U.S. seaport. It is sometimes referred to as the "city of neighborhoods". Most notable are three downtown areas along the port: the Inner Harbor, frequented by tourists due to its hotels, shops, and museums; Fells Point, and Little Italy.
This historic city offers many attractions, excellent restaurants and world-class sports. At the Inner Harbor is Harborplace, a downtown marketplace which is worth a visit, along with the National Aquarium, American Visionary Art Museum and Port Discovery.
The Mt. Vernon neighborhood is Baltimore's cultural heart. Located less than a mile north of the Inner Harbor, Mt. Vernon is home to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Walters Art Museum, whose diverse collection spans 55 centuries.
Port Location - Ships dock at the new cruise port at South Locust Point, about three miles south of the city (and a 10-minute drive from the Inner Harbor).
Transport Links - The Baltimore-Washington International Airport is located a few miles outside of the city and is accessible by car or light rail. Shuttles connect BWI to an Amtrak train station just off the airport grounds.
Amtrak offers frequent services into Baltimore. The Penn Station is on Charles Street in Midtown. The MARC train system provides inexpensive service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. (and from Washington to Frederick, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia).
Buses are an affordable way to to get in to Baltimore if you are already in the Eastern Seaboard, especially if you are coming from New York or Philadelphia.