72 Hours in Baltimore

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The beauty of sharing so many photos of my life on Instagram is that others who are visiting can find those images and add places or restaurants to their travel list. So when @52weekendsny reached out and thanked me for sharing so many beautiful photos and suggested I create a weekend guide to visiting Baltimore I took them up on that request!  

A few years ago I made a quick weekend guide but since then I’ve explored more of this amazing city and fallen in love with neighborhoods I hadn’t even visited yet!  

My travel style is long weekends since that’s what I’m able to do with my job so I figured a long weekend travel guide for Baltimore would be perfect for those traveling from near and far to get the most out of Charm City.  

Day 1: Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Harbor East

You’ve just arrived in Baltimore! Welcome! Whether you came to us by car, train, or plane we are happy to have you. First stop is the hotel to drop off your bags and put on those comfortable walking shoes!  

Hotel Indigo is one of my favorite Baltimore hotels. It’s in a great location and is absolutely affordable for a downtown hotel. The décor is amazing and the chandeliers in the lobby bar are incredible. But one of my favorite features is the bookcase in the library off of the lobby.

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Once you’ve changed into more comfortable clothes, hit the street and head to the Inner Harbor which is less than a mile away from the hotel. The Inner Harbor is the main attraction for out-of-towners and while there some “touristy” options there are also hidden gems.  

The National Aquarium is a must see if you’ve never been and while it’s not a cheap attraction it’s definitely something you can breeze through or take your time enjoying.  

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Next, stop by Baltimore’s World Trade Center.  Fun fact: it’s the worlds tallest five sided building! Most of the building is offices but the 27th floor is a 9/11 museum in honor of the Marylander’s that were lost on that fateful day. While it’s incredibly sad, the view from the top of the building is worth the $5 admission fee and really allows those who are not familiar with the city to gain a better understanding of how things are laid out. I recommend doing this early in your trip so you can better understand the geography of Baltimore.  

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By now it’s lunchtime and although most of the food options in the Inner Harbor are chains I recommend popping just a little off the beaten path to  Water Street. The cobblestone is a nice surprise! 

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Once you’ve filled your belly head back into the harbor and head to Federal Hill- this is my favorite view of the waterfront by far.  

It’s a quick walk down to the American Visionary Arts Museum from Federal Hill and if you are into art this is a quirky and weird place that will leave you scratching your head. The exhibits are so creative and maybe a little “out there” but totally worth the small entrance fee. The photo opportunities outside of the museum and in their garden are worth a visit all on their own.  

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By now you’ve likely worked up an appetite so hop on the Harbor Connector Water Taxi (it’s free!) and cross the water to Harbor East. This is another opportunity to get a unique view of the Inner Harbor.  

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Harbor East is Baltimore’s shopping district and has great restaurants as well. I recommend grabbing a few cocktails and enjoying dinner at Azumi. They have some of the world’s best sushi chefs and delicious offerings.  

It’s been a long day, call a Lyft and head back to the hotel to call it a night or head downstairs to Poet’s Restaurant for a few cocktails before bed.  

Day 2: Exploring Baltimore

Sleep in a little on your second day of the weekend, but not too late there is brunch to be had! On this second day in Baltimore we’ll be traveling throughout the city so get a rental car, use your own car or download the Lyft app- you’ll need a set of wheels to get around.  

Hop in your transportation of choice and head a short way up I-83 to Hampden. This neighborhood is one of Baltimore’s treasures and holds some of the cutest shops and super yummy restaurants. Head to Golden West Café for brunch and make sure to get a big cup of coffee- they serve Zeke’s which is one of Baltimore’s most popular coffees.  

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Wander down the Avenue and pop into each of the shops, especially Trohv. There are so many little trinkets that will surely catch your eye.  

For a little afternoon treat head to The Charmery for a waffle cone filled with their homemade ice cream. Laura and Matt are ice cream wizards and two of the most creative people I know. Ooh and aah at the color changing spoon and take your icy treat to go, the artwork on the outside of their shop and on the sidewalk is worth checking out!  

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Once you’ve cured the brain freeze (because your ice cream was so good you ate it too fast, duh) get back in the car and head to the Rawlings Conservatory and/or the Maryland Zoo. Both are unique places to the area and offer indoor and outdoor options for an afternoon of exploring.  

 Drive back to the hotel to change into something a little sassier after you grab a quick nap and grab a Lyft over to Fells Point. Don’t drive, you’re going to enjoy a few beverages in one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Baltimore. 

Wander down the cobblestone path to Abbey Burger Bistro, 8Ball Meatball, Points South or Barcocina. All offer a tasty menu and drinks, you can’t pick a bad choice. For planning sake, let’s go with Barcocina. Sit on their deck to enjoy an evening by the water and don’t skip the cocktails!  

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After dinner hop around from Waterfront Hotel to Max’s to Bertha’s and Alexander’s. The bar scene in Fells Point is worth the time to explore. Grab one last drink at Red Star, they are known for their martinis.  

Grab a Lyft and head back to the hotel and fall into a deep sleep in that soft hotel bed.  

Day 3: Mt. Vernon

For your last day in Baltimore take it slow and wander through Mt. Vernon and Station North which are both a quick walk away from the hotel.  

Breakfast at Warehouse 518 is a must. Not only is the restaurant insanely beautiful but the thought that goes into each meal is incredible. I recommend the  Shrimp & Grits or Warehouse burger.

After you devour your food and polish off that second (or third) mimosa, hop on over to The Walters Museum of Art and get lost in the fantastic exhibits. When you’ve had enough art for one day (is there such a thing?) make your way to the Washington Monument and climb all 227 steps to the top. The view is worth it! 

By now your definitely hungry but what are you craving? Why choose! Go to Mt.Vernon Marketplace and get some of everything! Local Oyster, Pinch Dumplings and Taps Fill Station are only a few of the awesome vendors you can find inside. Check out the artwork on the walls while you’re at it.

It’s getting late and sadly the weekend is coming to an end. After you’ve filled up at the marketplace head back to the hotel to change clothes and hit the town for one more night. Stop by Brewer’s Art for one last drink before heading home. They were named the Best Bar in America by Esquire and are a Baltimore staple. 

Baltimore has so many incredible places that deserve a visit and I could easily make three weekends worth of activities. Do yourself a favor and come visit one of the greatest treasures in the United States. I mean we are nicknamed Charm City for a reason. 

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  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    What a great guide! I might share this with my cousins who are having their wedding in Baltimore this fall!

    • Megan

      Thanks Lauren!

  • http://kyleandjensmith.blogspot.com/ Jen

    This is such a fun guide! :) This is still on my list of places I want to visit.

    • Megan

      Now you’re set when you finally get here :)

  • http://www.thissplendidshambles.com Anjali-This Splendid Shambles

    This is so neat! I’ve love to visit Baltimore!

    • Megan

      YES! Add it to your travel list asap!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    Love this! Totally nailed it, girl! I completely agree with this guide and you know the Hampden section had my heart SWOONING!

    • Megan

      <3 That's a huge compliment coming from my #1 Bmore Babe!