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Baltimore's Endless Charms 

Baltimore Inner Harbor 
From a celebrated waterfront to fascinating neighborhoods and intriguing museums, Baltimore abounds with possibilities.

Day 1
Begin your visit to Maryland's largest metropolis at the Inner Harbor, site of Baltimore's renaissance. Here, you'll find the 145-year-old USS Constellation, the last all-sail sloop-of-war built by the U.S. Navy. Visitors are invited to climb aboard, explore the ship's four decks, and ask questions of uniformed crewmembers. Afterward, head next door to the Top of the World Observation Level, on the 27th floor of the Evening view of the AquariumWorld Trade Center, for a breathtaking overview of the city. Or see how the world looks to the denizens of the deep at the National Aquarium , home to stingrays, jellyfish, sharks, and amazingly acrobatic dolphins. A short walk from the aquarium is another family favorite, Port Discovery, which boasts three levels of hands-on exhibits designed just for kids with the help of Walt Disney Imagineering. On the opposite side of the harbor, you can stargaze at the Maryland Science Center's planetarium and watch a movie in the adjacent IMAX theater, or discover the wonderfully entertaining National Museum of Dentistry a few blocks north. Cap off your jam-packed day with a relaxing water taxi trip to Fells Point, a working waterfront community that captures the spirit of seaport life in the 1800s, and stroll down the cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants. Dinosaur at Maryland Science Center

Day 2
Baltimore houses some of the nation's finest art museums and fabulous exhibits you won't find anywhere else. Start your tour at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where Maltimore Museum of Artthe museum's permanent collections (the Cone Collection includes works by Picasso, van Gogh and Matisse) stand alongside prominent touring exhibits. Two miles down the road, at the Walters Art Gallery, renowned internationally for its Greek and Asian collections, visitors can browse art and artifacts that cover nearly 5,000 years of history! While you're in the neighborhood, be sure to walk through Mt. Vernon Square Park - the marble monuments and stately homes create the feel of a grand European city. After a late lunch at one of the restaurants on North Charles Street, find your way back downtown to explore Baltimore's less traditional art museums. First, trace the evolution of comic books and their impact on pop culture at the Geppi Entertainment Museum, and then discover the works of modern artists, some self-taught, at the American Visionary Art Museum. This museum is located at the base of Federal Hill, a great landmark and namesake of one of the city's oldest neighborhoods; climb to the summit to take in another great view of the lights glittering on the waters of the Inner Harbor.

Day 3
A trip to Baltimore isn't complete without seeing its many historical sites: the Baltimore Civil War Museum, Fort McHenry the Baltimore Museum of Industry, and the B&O Railroad Museum are all guaranteed to please. Fourteen different locations make up the National Historic Seaport of Baltimore, including historic vessels, the Seven-Foot Knoll Lighthouse and the Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine, where Baltimoreans held off an invading British fleet during the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Finally, after dinner in nearby Little Italy, Hippodrome Theatertake in a show or a concert at the Lyric Opera House, the Joseph Myerhoff Symphony Hall, the Hippodrome at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, the Arena Players, or Center Stage.
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