Any tour of Baltimore should start with the Inner Harbor,
which offers: the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium,
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Harborplace, the U.S.S. Constellation,
the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, and The Power Plant, which
houses several night-spots. In addition there are a number
of excellent hotels, many fine restaurants, and two very busy
marinas. On summer nights, the Inner Harbor is mobbed with
people enjoying music and entertainment.
The intersection of Charles Street and Baltimore Street provides
the framework for downtown Baltimore. This area, is the city's
primary business district. It's filled with great places to
eat--everything from breakfast and lunch counters to four-star
restaurants. Another wonderful feature is the large number
of art galleries that line Charles Street, such as the C.
Grimaldis Gallery, which offer a relaxing afternoon diversion.
To the North
Proceed up Charles Street about 10 blocks and you'll find
Mount Vernon, one of the city's loveliest neighborhoods. Its
chief feature is a park of shrub-lined lawns and flowerbeds,
laid out in the form of a cross. Standing at the center of
the park is a 178-foot tall monument to George Washington,
which is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, and
offers a great view of the city. Mount Vernon is also home
to the Peabody Conservatory of Music, The Walters Art Gallery,
and the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
To the East
Immediately east of downtown is Little Italy, one of the city's
most cherished neighborhoods. The area is known for its many
restaurants. At last count, the 12 square blocks of little
Italy hosted 20 restaurants.
Just past Little Italy is Fells Point. Fells Point is known
for its craft and antique shops, restaurants, bars and coffeehouses.
During the weekend the neighborhood is jammed with college-age
revelers who flock to the many party-oriented dance clubs.
But during the rest of the week, a mix of young urban professionals
and bohemians come on the scene to eat at restaurants.