Located on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore is a bustling port city that's steeped in history, rich in arts and culture, and strong on professional sports action.
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Named in 1729 for Lord Baltimore, this city was the site of a major battle with the British during the War of 1812, which inspired the writing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Features and attractions
Today, Maryland's largest city is the state's major industrial and arts center and is home to 15 colleges, as well as galleries, museums, and historical sites. Baltimore is also home to major and minor league baseball, football, lacrosse, hockey, and indoor soccer teams as well as the Pimlico Race Course, home of The Preakness.
Baltimore's neighborhoods—from Little Italy to historic Fell's Point and the artsy Mount Vernon—remain true to its diverse immigrant population and maritime roots. The heart of the city, though, has always been the Inner Harbor. Today, it is a world-class entertainment and shopping district that includes the National Aquarium.
Other nearby locations
Baltimore is close to the historic Philadelphia, as well as our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Baltimore is also convenient to several Mid-Atlantic states, including Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey.