Spring and summer are the busiest seasons when most people book flights to Baltimore. One of the busiest times is in mid- to late May, when the city is full of horseracing fans attending the Preakness, the second race in the Triple Crown. This America thoroughbred horse race is held on the third of May every year and takes place at Pimlico Race Course, so if you are a fan of the races make sure to book your tickets in advance. In the summer, there are many other events such as waterfront and neighbourhood festivals.
Autumn and winter can be a great time to find a cheap flight to Baltimore as well as discounted hotel rates. During autumn visitors can also enjoy major events such as Fells Point Fun Festival, Maryland Oktoberfest, Taste of Baltimore and Baltimore Book Fair.
The first impression visitors to Baltimore get is a city of interesting contrasts and happy combinations. Located in a border state, it combines northern energy and innovation with southern friendliness and charm.
Founded by the Catholic Lord Baltimore, Maryland was one of the first colonies to permit freedom of religion, and residents are proud of this heritage. Baltimore played a major role in the American Revolution, becoming the home of Congress when Philadelphia was besieged in 1776. During the Civil War, Maryland remained in the union, but loyalties were sufficiently divided and Union officials arrested many civilians as southern sympathisers. History buffs who book flights to Baltimore should visit the Baltimore Civil War Museum which is an excellent source of information on this period
Baltimore’s major attraction is the Inner Harbour, one of the first and most highly praised waterfront redevelopments. You can easily spend a whole day here. The USS Constellation, the US Navy’s last all-sail warship, is docked at Harbourplace. Near Harbourplace is Federal Hill Park, with the finest view in Baltimore and the unusual American Visionary Art Museum, presenting the work of self-taught artists. Not far is the historic Fell’s Point neighbourhood, with old buildings and waterfront promenade.
Spring and autumn have the most pleasant weather, with temperatures around 10-16°C. Summers are hot and very humid, with temperatures generally between 26-37°C. Winter temperatures rarely drop below -1°C, though Baltimore does occasionally get snow.
If you’re sticking to the harbour during your Baltimore trip, you’ll be able to get around by walking or by water taxi. To get north from Inner Harbour, it’s recommended that you take a taxi. The city centre has limited bus and rail service, but the service in the suburbs is excellent. If you want to rent a car, all the major rental companies are located at the airport, with one shuttle servicing them all. Driving around town is pretty easy, since Baltimore is laid out on a grid with alternating one-way streets. Traffic is usually heavy, even when it’s not rush hour, and parking is expensive and limited. Make sure you watch out for tow zones during rush hour and red-light cameras at intersections.
The Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area is made up of the cities of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. It’s well served by airports.
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) is seven miles (11 km) south of Baltimore’s city centre off either the Baltimore-Washington Parkway or I95. Travellers who take flights to Baltimore will be able to reach the city by taking a limousine, shuttle, bus, light rail, taxi or rental car from the airport.
The Airport Shuttle and Smart Ride provide door-to-door shuttle service to the Baltimore area. Baltimore’s Mass Transit Administration (MTA) bus and light rail provide service to downtown.
Alternative airports for the city include:
Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA)
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)