How to Spend 2 Days in Baltimore
Two days in Baltimore (aka “Charm City”) give you enough time to see the sights of this historic port city, get out onto the harbor, and thoroughly explore a couple of neighborhoods. From sipping whiskey to sailing into the sunset, here’s how to make the most of your time.
Day 1: Discover the City and the Harbor
**Morning:**Spend your first hours in Baltimore getting your bearings and doing some sightseeing. A guided walking tour takes you past important landmarks while filling you in on the city’s history and people.
**Afternoon:**After your walk, discover why Baltimore is considered one of the best food towns on the East Coast. Food tours through Fell’s Point, Little Italy, Jonestown, and other neighborhoods take you to classic and under-the-radar eateries to sample dishes such as Baltimore-style pit beef, fresh knishes, and homemade meatballs.
**Night:**Round out your first day with a cruise around the Inner Harbor. You’ll find multiple options, from a luxe dinner yacht experience to a more casual sunset sail aboard a schooner. Most tours pass popular attractions such as the Francis Scott Key Bridge.
Day 2: Dive Deeper
**Morning:**Baltimore is a city of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own charm and appeal. Spend your second morning touring an area you didn’t visit yesterday—perhaps Federal Hill or the quirky Hampden district, home of the “hons” (the classic Baltimore women who wear loud printed dresses and beehive hairdos).
**Afternoon:**Spend your afternoon learning about whiskey making at the Sagamore Spirit Distillery. Tours typically conclude with tastings of American straight rye whiskey. Another option is to combine a distillery tour with a helicopter ride over downtown Baltimore. Combo tours save money, and sometimes include a goody bag of products.
**Night:**On your final evening in Baltimore, check out the thriving brewing scene on a tour of the city's best breweries. Learn about the beer-making process and sample some brews, then enjoy dinner at a gastropub. Alternatively, get a glimpse of the spookier side of Baltimore’s history on a ghost walk.