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Exploring Baltimore, Maryland

I love to travel and am excited to experience the unique places the United States has to offer, as well as the rest of the world.

View of Inner Harbor

View of Inner Harbor

Things No One Tells You

The Squeegee Boys

As I first entered Baltimore, I stopped my car at a red light. Quickly after, two young men rushed over to my car and started to clean my windows. I assumed that in return they would hassle me for money, so I just looked at them shaking my head and said, “No, thank you,” repeatedly until they eventually backed off. Although I appreciate the hustle of these young men, I wish they would ask first if a person would like their windows washed. Otherwise, you just feel like you’re being bombarded.


It’s Dog-Friendly

It seems like almost everyone in Baltimore has a dog. You can see people walking them, enjoying a meal with them, and even bringing them into some places.


The Historic District

In my opinion, it isn’t worth walking to. The farther I walked away from the Mount Vernon area, the more nervous I got because I felt it was unsafe. If you are really curious about this area, I highly recommend just driving through it.


Top of the World

I was surprised to see that this was in a building called “The World Trade Center-Baltimore”. I walked around it, and it looked like a tall office building. I wasn’t even sure if I was allowed in, especially because of Covid-19 precautions still in effect. Since I was already exhausted, I decided it wasn’t worth my energy to pursue this activity. However, the following website could be of help if this is something you’re truly interested in: https://www.viewbaltimore.org.

Places To Walk and See

The Washington Monument

You can go into the monument and climb up 227 steps to reach the top and look out of a tiny window at the top. Seeing as the monument itself is so narrow, I don’t think climbing up would be enjoyable in the heat of summer.

George Peabody Library

This is a beautiful library that is worth visiting if you’re able to. I was so upset to see that it was closed temporarily due to Covid-19.

Inner Harbor

Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the harbor, visit some shops along the way, or even sit on a bench and look out on the water.

Federal Hill and Federal Hill Park

This area is a nice place for a walk in the day or even a fun night out. Its park may be on the smaller side, but the views from the hill make it a worthy place to visit.

Places to Drive and See

Edgar Allen Poe’s Grave and House

Go in the late afternoon and park on the street. Also, don’t be fooled by the author and poet’s memorial grave when you first enter the cemetery. You will need to walk further into the cemetery to the left to find his actual burial site. His house isn’t too far from the cemetery he is buried in either.


Hampden

This is a fun area of shops, restaurants, and bars to take a stroll through for a casual and relaxing day.


Graffiti Alley

This place is not as easy to find as people on the internet make it seem. I drove around multiple locations that were listed on Google, the Art District being one of them, and I never found it. If you really have your heart set on finding it, I suggest driving to the area you think it’s in and just walk around. Maybe you’ll get lucky and can share the secret with the rest of us.


Ft. McHenry

Enjoy learning a part of Baltimore’s history, or simply just take a walk around the fort. You can find people there hanging out, reading books, enjoying the view of the Chesapeake Bay, and even going for a jog.


Fells Point

This is my favorite place in Baltimore that I don’t think anyone should miss out on. It is a cute area filled with restaurants, shops, and bars. At night, the streets are lit up by garden lights hanging parallel to the stretch of buildings.

Places to Eat and Things to Try

  • Pitango Bakery and Café for breakfast or a gelato.
  • The Point in Fells restaurant for Crabby Tots and lunch.
  • Ouzo Bay for a fancy dinner.
  • BMore Licks for dessert.


Be Safe and Have Fun!

Whenever people mention Baltimore, it’s usually accompanied by negative remarks. Although there are some rough areas, this city is actually a wonderful place to visit and there is more to it than just its aquarium. A few places to visit can make a nice walk throughout your day, while others may be better off visited by car. The most important thing to remember is to stay on the following safe streets and to not venture off from them.

  • North Charles Street
  • South Charles Street
  • Light Street
  • St. Paul Street
  • Washington Monument Street

Anywhere in the Mount Vernon area is considered safe as well. Use your common sense, and if a place doesn’t seem safe to walk, go back in the direction you came from.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Jackie Zelko

Comments

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2021:

Thanks for telling us about your impressions of Baltimore. It seems that every city has safer areas and some that should be avoided if visiting as a tourist.

Jackie Zelko (author) on June 22, 2021:

Thank you for reading!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 19, 2021:

Hey, thanks for sharing. It's a good read that triggers the imagination.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 19, 2021:

This is an interesting article about Baltimore, Jackie. The last time I was in Baltimore I was disappointed at the decay and rough areas of town. This was compared to a visit I had 20 years prior.

There are certainly good things to see, and I appreciate you listing them. This is a very good article, Jackie. Thank you for sharing this good information.

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