Boats, trains and planes! The City of Baltimore has these and so much more. Fish, flags and fun! From ball parks to the Inner Harbor, from the National Aquarium to Fort McHenry and all points in between, “Charm City” has something for everyone!

Seafood fresh from the boats can be enjoyed at the Inner Harbor and at Fells Point. History buffs can tour the city’s historic neighborhoods from Federal Hill to Bolton Hill, and from Fort McHenry to the B&O Railroad museum. Those interested in the arts can choose from the Edgar Allen Poe House, the Walters Art Gallery, and the world-renowned Peabody Conservatory. Sports enthusiasts can take in the Baltimore Ravens at M&T stadium or the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Founded in 1729, Baltimore was named after Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore and the founder of the Colony of Maryland. From its beginning, the City was a major transportation hub, having grown up around the port of Locust Point which played a role in the tobacco and sugar trades. With a protected harbor and access to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Baltimore became one of the nation’s busiest shipbuilding centers in the 1800’s. Construction of the National Road (U.S. Route 40) and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (the first long distance commercial railroad in the country) made Baltimore a national manufacturing and transportation center with key links to midwestern markets.

Baltimore played key roles in the American Revolution when its merchants signed an agreement not to trade with the British. From 1776 through 1777 the Second Continental Congress met in the Henry Fite House, effectively making Baltimore the capital of the new nation during this period.

During the Civil War, Baltimore remained aligned with the Union, though it was a slave state. And it was in 1814 during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812 that Francis Scott Key, while witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry, penned what were to become the words of our National Anthem.

Truly a city with something for everyone, Baltimore is easily accessed on the Grand History Trail from the Baltimore – Annapolis Trail from the south and from the York Heritage Rail Trail / National Central Trail from the north.