Maryland’s thriving major cities offer a range of choice from ultra-urban Baltimore to the small-town-charm-in-a-big-city feel of Frederick. Here you will find hopping nightlife, great shopping, historical monuments and museums, all in a very mild climate.
The modern-Gothic metropolis of Baltimore, the one time home of the poet Edgar Allan Poe, is Maryland’s oldest, biggest city and has enough to keep you captivated and on your feet for days. Here you will find attractions such as the American Visionary Art Museum, the Edgar Allan Poe House, Edgar Allan Poe’s Gravesite and Memorial and, for baseball fans, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.
In Baltimore, the Inner Harbor area is the city’s hot spot for excitement. It has the city’s trendiest clubs, best restaurants and a host of places for great shopping including the Harborplace shopping pavilions. Also keeping the area thrilling are such sporting venues as Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Ravens Stadium.
Classic Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and home to some of its most significant landmarks. Here you will find the statehouse where George Washington resigned as commander of the Continental Army and where the Treaty of Paris was ratified in America, officially ending the American War for Independence. Also worth noting in the city are the first treasury in America, the Old Treasury and the United States Naval Academy.
The once and always small town heart of Frederick has grown into a pumping municipality as nearby Washington DC expands and creeps into Maryland. Now the state’s second largest city and an increasingly popular nightspot for the movers and shakers of DC, this city retains its small town feel, at least before the bar hoppers come out at night. Lining the 33-block historic district, filled with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, are hosts of antique and crafts shops to delight the most discriminating shopper.