Touring a city is the best way to get to know it on a personal level. In a city like Baltimore, it’s almost a sin to visit without exploring its secrets and discovering its stories. Wherever you stay, you can find a variety of tour companies that are ready to show you the heart of their city.
Explore Baltimore on Foot
Each year, the city of Baltimore puts on a Baltimore by Foot walking tour series. The tours teach participants about the town’s history, but in an in-depth, detailed way that reveals the city’s secrets. Discover the buildings that play a part in Baltimore’s history, particularly in its most historic neighborhoods, such as the Inner Harbor. You learn the stories that residents grow up knowing. After you finish, you’re apt to feel like a local. There won’t be anything you don’t know about the city.
View Baltimore’s Landmarks
Baltimore has played a starring role in the history of the United States, and you can tell. The city is a trove of hidden treasures. Taking a tour of its landmarks will reveal the full breadth of its collection. It all depends on which areas strike your fancy.
A tour of Jonestown, for example, reveals cast-iron buildings and tells stories of urban renewal as you make your way to the Phoenix Shot Tower. Taking in the downtown landmarks highlights a piece from the Berlin Wall, a cannonball, and a Conestoga wagon hitch. From Mount Vernon to the Patterson Park Pagoda, you can find a tour that pinpoints the landmarks in nearly any area of the city.
Take a Brew Tour
Baltimore is home to an array of breweries and microbreweries specializing in unique beers. It’s worthwhile to center your search for accommodation on hotels around Hippodrome Theatre because not only will you be close to the theater itself, but you’ll also have quick access to brewery tours, museums, and historic churches and cemeteries. After sampling beers, take a leisurely stroll through your temporary neighborhood.
Participate in the Heritage Walk
The Heritage Walk is one of Baltimore’s most well-known and detailed walking tours. It takes participants through Inner Harbor, Jonestown, and Little Italy, three of the city’s most historic areas. As you walk the urban trails, you get to see the Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum, the USS Constellation, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Carroll Mansion, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, among others.
Ride Through the City Streets
Don’t want to see Baltimore on shank’s mare? Opt for a bike tour, instead. On a sunny day, there’s nothing like the pleasurable thrill of riding through Baltimore’s historic streets. The tour guides are always prepared to make the journey fun, and you can enjoy a workout without ending the evening with aching arches and blisters on your feet. Keep in mind that bike tours are typically 6-10 miles in length, so only book a ticket if you want to spend a few miles riding a bike.
History bursts from every street corner in Baltimore. The best way to learn about it is to take it in firsthand. What kind of tour will you book when you reach Baltimore?