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Baltimore

Baltimore, MD, USA - Maryland

General Information

Arts/Theater

Baltimore greets visitors with its bustling Inner Harbor, vibrant nautical heritage and state‑of‑the‑art sports facilities, but at its heart, this city is all about the arts. From Mount Vernon, the cityís cultural hub, to Fellís Point, Federal Hill and everyplace in between, you are never more than a few steps away from a fresh and unique cultural experience. Elegant museums, eclectic performance venues, sites of inspiring historical significance and points of ethnic and multicultural importance surround you in Baltimore from the traditional to the unexpected. And this city doesnít just admire art from afar; we live in it, with striking architecture, sculpture and public art at every turn.

Museums

If youíre an art lover, be sure to stop at either the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland's largest art museum presenting the world's largest collection of Matisse; the American Visionary Art Museum, which displays original works of art created by self‑taught artists; or the Walters Art Museum, which proudly showcases 55 centuries of art from around the world.

Sport/Leisure

Professional Baltimore sports teams include Baltimore Ravens football, Baltimore Orioles baseball and Baltimore Blast soccer. Coming in 2011 will be the first Baltimore Grand Prix with three days of racing in downtown Baltimore.

Shopping

Sophisticated. Smart. OK, even silly souvenirs. Whatever your tastes, the Baltimore area gives you an astounding array of choices in shopping. Of course, we have upscale malls bursting with classic clothing, fine collectibles, and cutting‑edge design. But we also have quaint antique shops, record stores and other great finds.

Gastronomy and Nightlife

It should come as no surprise that a city generating so much buzz about its recent growth and downtown development also offers some of the greatest chefs and cuisine to match. It's as if Baltimore has experienced a gastronomic renaissance. The locally grown culinary scene has sprouted a new crop of extraordinary restaurants for you to harvest. And of course, there is always plenty of our world famous Maryland steamed crabs and crab cakes to be found.

Events

Baltimore has a full calendar of events, festivals and celebrations. Whether it's the HonFest, celebrating the quirk and charm of the city found in movies like Hairspray, or Artscape, the nations largest art festival, or the running of the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown, or the history and heritage of the African American Heritage Festival, you'll find excitement and fun in Baltimore.