Destination guide

Welcome to the heart of Maryland

From its historic neighborhoods to its world-famous crab cakes, Baltimore is one of America's most iconic cities. There are stellar museums to explore, vibrant nightlife to enjoy and plenty of Chesapeake charm to soak up _ especially if you snap up Baltimore vacation rentals housed in heritage lofts and warehouses. Locals have nicknamed their city "Bawlmer" and while it has gritty working-class roots, Baltimore is also a trend-setting city. It treats visitors to innovative science attractions, farm-to-table restaurants and Maryland's best boutique shopping.

Things to do

Sea creatures and star-spangled banners

History buffs won't want to miss Fort McHenry. Back in 1814 the stronghold successfully deterred an attack from the British navy during the infamous Battle of Baltimore. After witnessing the bombardment, Francis Scott Key famously saw America's star-spangled banner fluttering "by the dawn's early light" And thus, America's iconic national anthem was born. Art lovers will be beguiled by the medieval showpieces and contemporary paintings at the Walters Art Museum _ just one of Baltimore's many cultural attractions. Here with the kids? Treat them to a visit to the National Aquarium, which is considered one of the USA's best, and is home to dolphins, sharks and other majestic creatures of the deep.

Activities

Neighborhood-hopping in Baltimore

With its red brick walkways, Baltimore's Inner Harbor is brimming with character. While it was once a rundown industrial district, today it's lined with seafood restaurants, trendy boutiques and plenty of characterful Baltimore vacation rentals. From narrated tours to sunset sails, harbor cruises are a great way to see Baltimore from a different perspective. Fell's Point is another iconic district steeped in nautical charm. Today its 18th-century storefronts house a mix of oyster bars, historic taverns and al fresco cafes. Baltimore takes its sports seriously, so why not score tickets to an Orioles baseball game or a Ravens football match?

Weather

Gear up for summer festival season

Baltimore is at its prime in summer, when the city enjoys warm weather and an endless lineup of events and festivals. Temperatures can climb into the 90s so be prepared for the occasional heat wave. Spring and fall usher in cooler temperatures and thinner crowds. For shorter lines and a relaxed atmosphere consider visiting in winter. Temperatures can dip below the 30s so be sure to pack plenty of layers. While the city can experience downpours at any time of the year, there are plenty of "rainy day" attractions to keep you entertained.

Natural features

Seafaring in Chesapeake Bay

Thanks to its coastal setting, Baltimore has a long history as a major American seaport. It sits on the Patapsco River, just a few miles from Chesapeake Bay. Lovers of coastal vistas will be spoiled for vantage points during their regional explorations. And, while it's a sprawling urban playground, you'll also find plenty of greenery near Baltimore vacation rentals. You can seek out the green fields and woods of Patterson Park, and the expanse of Federal Hill Park, which will reward visitors with spectacular views of the harbor.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Baltimore

Fly into Baltimore, MD (BWI-Baltimore Washington Intl. Thurgood Marshall), the closest airport, located 8.1 mi (13 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Baltimore, MD (MTN-Martin State), which is 10.5 mi (16.9 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Baltimore Penn Station, West Baltimore Station and Baltimore-Washington International Airport Station are the main stations in the area. You can get around Baltimore by jumping on the metro at Shot Tower-Market Place Station, Charles Center Station or Convention Center Station.

Where to stay around Baltimore?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 290 vacation rentals near Baltimore. From 101 Houses to 105 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Baltimore for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Baltimore?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Baltimore:

  • Harbor East: 49 vacation rentals
  • Capitol Hill: 501 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Market: 377 vacation rentals
  • Historic District: 103 vacation rentals
  • Eastport: 151 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Baltimore?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Baltimore. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina: 180 vacation rentals
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital: 331 vacation rentals
  • Baltimore Convention Center: 334 vacation rentals
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards: 337 vacation rentals
  • Johns Hopkins University: 305 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Baltimore listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Baltimore?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 101 Houses in Baltimore. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Baltimore include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 105 rentals available
  • Cabins: 9 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 66 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Boats and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Baltimore?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 32 vacation rentals with pool available in Baltimore. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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