This former steel town, reborn as a technology and medical hub, is “a city with zero pretension and tons of character,” says Evan Balkan, author of Walking Baltimore ($19, amazon.com). “It’s northern and southern all in one. Take a stroll and you’ll see just how diverse we are: It’s like walking through 50 different cities just going from west to east.”
Best Walk: Downtown and Camden Yards
Start on the corner of North Charles Street and Lexington Street. Walk east on Lexington Street and turn right on Saint Paul Street, looking toward the harbor. Turn left on Baltimore Street and left on North Calvert Street, and walk around the Battle Monument. At the end of the block, turn right on Lexington Street. Past City Hall, turn left on North Holliday Street. Take a right on Saratoga Street, right on North Gay Street, right on East Fayette Street, and left back onto North Holliday Street. Turn left on East Baltimore Street, and take note of the gas lamp—a replica of the first gas lamp lit in the United States. You are now facing Baltimore’s famous racy Block, a collection of strip clubs that’s been around for almost 100 years. Turn right on South Gay Street, right on East Lombard Street, right on South Street, and left on East Redwood Street. Take a right on South Charles Street, a left on West Fayette Street, and a right on North Eutaw Street. Pass Lexington Market on your left (no need to stop just yet; you’ll be back later!), then turn left on West Saratoga Street. Turn left on North Paca Street and right on West Fayette Street, past the burial place of Edgar Allen Poe. Turn left on Greene Street, cross Washington Boulevard, and circle the Baltimore Orioles’ famous stadium, Camden Yards. Once around the stadium, walk toward Camden Station on West Camden Street, where you’ll find the Sports Legends Museum. To finish up this 3.8-mile tour, walk north on Eutaw Street back to Lexington Market for a hard-earned and delicious meal. To access the map, click here.
Alternate Walk: Harbor East and Fell’s Point
Begin on the corner of South Caroline and Lancaster streets, heading south toward the water. When Caroline Street dead-ends, make a left onto Thames Street, named for London’s river. Turn left on Bond Street and right on Shakespeare Street, a quintessential lane of tightly packed brick Baltimore row homes. Make a right on South Broadway and left back onto Thames Street, heading east and taking in the colonial character. Bear right on Fell Street and walk to the water, taking a moment to enjoy the view before turning around and heading north on South Wolfe Street. Turn left on Lancaster Street, right on South Ann Street, left on Aliceanna Street, and right on South Broadway. At Gough Street make a left and then another quick left back onto South Broadway going south. Make a right on Fleet Street and a left on South Caroline Street. At your starting location, make a right on Lancaster Street, heading west along the water. Follow the curve up and around the National Katyn Memorial, and continue northwest onto South President Street. After the Civil War Museum, make a left on Fleet Street and a quick right back onto South President Street, and follow this road north. Turn left on East Pratt Street, then right on East Falls Avenue along the water. Make a left at East Lombard Street to cross the river, then make your first right onto Jones Falls Trail. Turn left just past the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, then left again to head south to Market Place. Your three-mile walk ends in Baltimore’s bustling Inner Harbor, with plenty of restaurants, shops, and music venues nearby.
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