Day trip to Baltimore

Posted on 11 January 2012

If you are basing your RV holiday in DC, there are several places around the District Capital that are great to visit for the day and are within easy driving distance. One of them is Baltimore, on the Patapsco River in Chesapeake Bay.

I95 to Baltimore
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Once out of Washington's suburbs and on the I95, you will pass numerous places where nature lovers might want to stretch their legs and enjoy the countryside- the stream valley greenways Little Paint Branch Park, the Rocky Gorge Reservoir and Rockburn Branch Park, all with trails for hiking or biking. At the Reservoir there are opportunities for fishing if you can find yourself a boat, or trail riding at an equestrian centre, and there are softball fields where games are often played at Rockburn.

Rocky Gorge Reservoir
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A keen golfer? You may want to get off at Calverton and visit the Cross Creek Golf Club, a challenging Par 70 course which shows off the forested landscape. Halfway between the two cities is Laurel, a city with a well-maintained Historic District- be sure to check out the Montpelier Mansion and Cemetery, which operates as a house museum and has lovely grounds to wander in. A great place for a picnic lunch!

The city of Baltimore is centered around the inner harbour, and here you will find shops, restaurants and historic neighbourhoods. The city was settled in the early 17th century and named for Lord Baltimore of the Irish House of Lords, and became a trade hub of the mid-atlantic states, giving it a rich history. See the National Great Blacks in Wax museum, a museum of African American History in the US, the internationally renowned Walters Art Museum, the Port Discovery Children's Museum for the kids, and the Fort McHenry National Monument, the site where the continentals withstood a British Bombardment and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S National Anthem.

Baltimore Inner Harbour
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One of the major attractions in Baltimore is the National Aquarium, which was named in Coastal Living Magazine as the #1 aquarium in the U.S. It houses numerous exhibitions, including Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, a tropical rain forest, a multi-storey Atlantic Coral Reef and a shark tank. It's mission is to inspire people to enjoy, respect and protect the aquatic world, and it is certainly worth a visit, especially if you have kids with you.

National Aquarium
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Little Italy is a fun part of the city to explore, a neighbourhood that truly gives a visitor a taste of the old country, with Italian restaurants, churches, and friendly narrow streets. Benvenuto!

Little Italy Bocce Ball Tournament
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