If you have just landed in Thurgood Marshall airport, welcome to Baltimore, an independent city of Maryland, and the largest independent city in the U.S. Independent cities are those that are not part of a county. There is a lot for locals to be proud of in the nation’s oldest seaport and much more for visitors to explore. Shops and restaurants located at the Inner Harbor, otherwise known as the heart of Baltimore, are alive and bustling every day. Whether it’s the Maryland Science Center or Baltimore Aquarium, there is always something fun for the entire family to enjoy.

Baltimore is rich in history as the birthplace of the U.S. National Anthem and is rich in culture, with various festivals and events happening all throughout the year. There are also many free things to do in Baltimore. Did you know that Baltimore hosts the largest free art festival in the U.S.? There are plenty of places to stay, from luxurious hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts. For those looking to call the Charm city their home, Baltimore is full of diverse neighborhoods – more than 200 to be exact.

For the young and daring, the Hampden neighborhood is full of exciting things to do. From trendy restaurants and quirky boutiques to a colorful arts and music scene, guests will understand why this funky town was voted one of the top 15 hipster neighborhoods in the country. While the many attractions of Baltimore are walking distance from each other, the city also has excellent public transportation. There is even a water taxi that takes passengers to some of the best neighborhoods in Baltimore. For locals wanting to explore outside the city, Baltimore is just a short train ride or drive to cities like Philadeplphia and Washington, D.C.