The first impression visitors stepping off a flight to Baltimore get is a city of interesting contrasts and happy combinations. Located in a border state, it combines northern energy and innovation with southern friendliness and charm.
Founded by the Catholic Lord Baltimore, Maryland was one of the first colonies to permit freedom of religion, and residents are proud of this heritage. Baltimore played a major role in the American Revolution, becoming the home of Congress when Philadelphia was besieged in 1776. During the Civil War, Maryland remained in the union, but loyalties were sufficiently divided that Union officials arrested many civilians as southern sympathisers. History buffs who book flights to Baltimore should visit the Baltimore Civil War Museum which is an excellent source of information on this period
Baltimore's major attraction is the Inner Harbour, one of the first and most highly praised waterfront redevelopments. You can easily spend a whole day here. The USS Constellation, the US Navy’s last all-sail warship, is docked at Harbourplace. Near Harbourplace is Federal Hill Park, with the finest view in Baltimore and the unusual American Visionary Art Museum, presenting the work of self-taught artists. Not far is the historic Fell’s Point neighbourhood, with old buildings and waterfront promenade.
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