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Baltimore, Maryland

This hub of American history is an affordable alternative for travelers considering spending a weekend in Washington, D.C. You can also combine your sightseeing with a little R&R down by Chesapeake Bay…but don’t leave until you’ve tried the world famous steamed crabs. From family-friendly historical sites and the bustling Inner Harbor, to museums and monuments, Baltimore has so many things to see and experience that are not only fun…they’re free! Visit Baltimore has developed 50 Free Things to Do in Baltimore, which includes museums, pirate ships, and water taxis. The new Baltimore Harbor Pass offers familiar favorites like discounted entry into the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and Top of the World Observation Level. Harbor Pass ticket holders will also receive a one-time entry to their choice of the American Visionary Art Museum or Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and a choice of Sports Legends at Camden Yards or the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture.

Getting There: 
Traveling to Baltimore is even easier with the new Northeast Regional Amtrak fare. The Baltimore-Washington International is located a few miles outside of the city and is accessible by car or light rail. Shuttles connect BWI to an Amtrak train station just off the airport grounds. There are non-stop flights to BWI from just about every major airport in the country, though some cities may be seasonal or only offer service certain days of the week.

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