Explore Charm City!
A city of independent neighborhoods that form an eclectic conglomeration, Baltimore (a.k.a. Charm City) is a mix of color, ethnicity, history, and culture that enjoys its collective diversity. We are one of America's oldest cities and a city of firsts. In fact, it is said that we have done more things first than has any other city in the country. We had the first railroad train, the first shopping center, the first Catholic cathedral, the first American rabbi, and many, many others. We welcome you with open arms and invite you to explore our distinct neighborhoods, which are all described in greater detail below.
Baltimore's neighborhoods are worth a visit not only in themselves, but also because they each provide inspiring stories about America's heritage. We recommend exploring these neighborhoods and stories by taking a walking tour. Our favorite walking tour is called the Baltimore Civil War Riot Trail, a self-guided adventure that takes you to sites which reveal the deeply divided loyalties of Maryland and the nation during the American Civil War. Stand where the first fatalities of the War occurred, one week after the first shots at Fort Sumter, and pause at Greenmount Cemetery where John Wilkes Booth is buried. Other areas of interest include:
The Inner Harbor: This year’s conference will take place in the heart of the Inner Harbor, Baltimore’s historic seaport, tourist attraction, and landmark. Having undergone massive redevelopment over the past three decades, the Inner Harbor is now one of the places to be in Baltimore. The area is home to a wide variety of entertainment options to explore, as well as an enormous amount of dining options. Some of the most popular attractions include:
- National Aquarium - widely considered to be one of the best in the United States, if not the world!
- USS Constellation - the last Civil War-era ship still afloat)
- Baltimore Maritime Museum - includes the USS Torsk (one of two World War II-era, Tenth Class submarines still located in the United States) and the Chesapeake, a ship that served as a lighthouse near locations that were unsuitable for lighthouse construction.
- Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards
- The Gallery Mall (located in JHUMUNC 2013's hotel!) and the Harborplace Mall
Mount Vernon: Just north of the Inner Harbor and the downtown area lies Mount Vernon, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and originally home to the city’s wealthiest and most fashionable residents. The area contains the original Washington Monument, which was completed over 50 years before the one in Washington, D.C. was finished. Although the neighborhood is filled mostly with beautiful architecture adorning residential buildings, there are a number of destination spots for delegations:
- Washington Monument
- Peabody Conservatory
- Walters Art Museum
- Maryland Institute of College Art
Little Italy: Following a short walk from the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel east of the harbor, delegates will find Little Italy, named after the huge number of Italian immigrant families that moved to the area in the early 20th century. Here, delegates will find an overwhelming number of restaurants serving every type of Italian food imaginable. It is definitely the place to go for dinner on Saturday night!
Fells Point: Right next to Little Italy lies Fells Point, one of Baltimore’s trendiest and most historic districts. Perhaps most famous for its support for dozens of privateers who preyed on British shipping in the early 19th century, Fells Point today still retains that independent spirit. Go explore the many shops, restaurants, and pubs, many of which lie on the area’s original cobblestone streets. Fells Point is home to several of Baltimore's best seafood restaurants, which are some of the city's most popular attractions. Some of the main attractions include:
- Baltimore Ghost Tours
- Main Street
- Robert Long House - Baltimore’s oldest surviving residence, which was built around 1765
- Broadway Pier
Federal Hill: A short walk from the hotel, Federal Hill is named for the prominent hill that provides a panoramic view of Baltimore City. Given its name in 1789 after it served as the ending point for a parade celebrating the ratification of the new “Federal” Constitution of the country, today the area is one of the most important cultural centers in Baltimore. Some of the main attractions include:
- Fort McHenry - the inspiration for the America's national anthem
- American Visionary Art Museum
- Maryland Science Center
- Baltimore Museum of Industry
For more information on Charm City, we recommend getting a hold of the "Insiders' Guide to Baltimore, Fifth Edition" by Mary K. Tilghman or visiting Baltimore.org by clicking here.