Located in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore is rich with history, having served as one of the premier ports on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States for nearly three centuries.
With a population of 602,495, Charm City is home to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, three major professional sports teams, and Fort McHenry, site of the famous battle during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad was the first regular passenger railroad service in the U.S. The world’s first telegraph line stretched between Baltimore and Washington. The first federal highway -- the National Road -- also originated from there.
If those feats of transportation weren’t enough, Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor served as the largest port for immigration outside of New York’s Ellis Island.
Also home to Pimlico Racetrack and the Preakness Stakes, the original Washington Monument was built here before the one everyone knows today in Washington, D.C.
Famous Baltimore natives include Babe Ruth, Thurgood Marshall, Michael Phelps, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Clancy, and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Edgar Allan Poe wrote many of his famous writings while living in the city. Other famous African-Americans to call the city home were Frederick Douglass, Billie Holliday, and Cab Calloway.
And who can forget the crab legs and crab cakes?