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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

My Baltimore Wish List

We're getting closer and closer to our trip and we'll have a whole day to spend in Baltimore on a layover. Neither of us have ever been there, so we found a place to store our luggage for the time we'll be in the city and then we're going to focus on exploring the Inner Harbor, since that won't require us to have a car or use rideshare more than getting there and getting back to the airport.

We're getting closer and closer to our trip and we'll have a whole day to spend in Baltimore on a layover. Here's my wish list.
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This isn't the first time we've done a long layover where we've used it as a full vacation day. We did this in San Francisco, on our way to Philadelphia. We won't have as much time in Baltimore, but I think 8 hours should be enough to sightsee and get some delicious food. Here's my ambitious wish list:

American Visionary Museum

When I asked for suggestions in a group of friends for where their favorite must-do places were in Baltimore, several people said, unequivocally, this was their top choice. Started by an artist using unconventional materials to create something cool and wanting to showcase them, the AVM exhibits that wild, weird, and unique art that you don't really see in most museums, and I'm into that.

Pride of Baltimore and Federal Hill Park

We love ships. I'm not sure why, but we do. I think I'm fascinated by people who choose to devote their lives to sailing around the world on what is usually a very uncomfortable mode of transportation, due to cramped living quarters and hard labor. This is a reproduction of a ship that sank in the 1800s and is used for maritime education, not just in Baltimore. It may not be in the harbor when we're there, but if it is, you know we're going to appreciate it.

Across the street is Federal Park that has both a Civil War cannon and a war memorial, but also has reviews that say it's a great place to walk your dog. Seems pretty chill, and free.

Baltimore Heritage Walk & Baltimore Visitor Center

On our way around the harbor, we're going to stroll the Baltimore Heritage Walk. I'm not sure what to expect, but since we're already going this way, might as well check it out, learn some stuff, and get some lovely harbor views. 

The Visitor Center is always a great place to learn a little bit more about the city you're in and you can usually find discounts for attractions and activities.

Top Of The World

If you've been following me for a while, you know how we adore going up in tall buildings and landmarks to get the lay of the land. Up on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, visitors get a 360-degree view of the city, and for just $8 per person, it's also budget-friendly.

Visit Baltimore sign

Literally, right next to Top Of The World is a park with the Visit Baltimore sign, with the harbor right behind it. I know this is one of those basic B tourist attractions, but I love these signs, so call me basic if you must. They make wonderful vacation photos. 

Baltimore Harbor ships

A maritime museum in a collection of ships along the harbor, included in one admission ticket. Just $19.95 gets you into all ships that are open and you don't even need to visit them all on the same day. There's no greater way to learn about the history of a destination than by exploring actual pieces of their history. 

Lobster rolls

Did you even visit Baltimore if you don't have a lobster roll? Well, probably, but I'm not about to find out. This sounds like a great, filling late-lunch/early dinner before getting back on the plane, but also light, so we're not overfull and can sleep. I was told I couldn't leave without trying Maryland lobster.

Other things

If there's time, we'll try to get to a few other things, including Edgar Allen Poe's grave and an old lighthouse on the harbor. 

I also want to check out BWI's observation gallery. We get in very early in the morning, so that seems like a good stop before we head out to enjoy the city. I hope to also get in some art peeping before getting back on the plane, since the airport is full of gallery walls and individual pieces, including a huge Chesapeake Bay blue crab made of stained glass.

Have you been to Baltimore? If so, what are your must-see, must-do, or must-eat recommendations?

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