Flights to Baltimore
Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland in the USA. It’s in what’s known as the Mid-Atlantic region and is quite close to the United States capital, Washington D.C.
There are no direct flights to Baltimore from South Africa, though there are several options for getting here which involve a stop over and changing planes, so you could choose the flight route which best served your needs, depending on where you would like to stop over.
The airlines which fly from South Africa to Baltimore are: South African Airways, United, American Airlines, North West Airlines and Delta Airlines. From Johannesburg you can choose to stop over in either Dakar or Heathrow and will the change planes at either JFK or Atlanta. From Cape Town there is a stop over in Amsterdam and you change planes in Detroit.
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The Tourist Attractions of Baltimore:
Like other cities in the East of the United States, Baltimore has quite a long and important history which you can witness around the city, as well as many modern attractions too.
Baltimore is situated on Chesapeake Bay – the largest estuary in the world. The bay has been very important in Baltimore’s history and continues to play an important part as Baltimore is still a major port. The harbour is a popular tourist attraction and often you will find jazz bands playing here. In the Inner Harbor are the majority of attractions worth visiting, including the out of the ordinary American Visionary Art Museum if you’re interested in contemporary art.
The USS Constellation is moored here. This was the last warship to be built by the U.S. Navy in 1854, which was powered by only sails, and is now the only Civil War era ship still afloat. You can go aboard the ship and look around.
Other attractions around the Inner Harbor area include Fort McHenry which is the site at which the United States anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, was written and Fell’s Point, an historic maritime residential area. Also the National Aquarium can be found here. This is one of the best aquariums in the country and is most famous for its tropical rainforest exhibit and large shark tanks!
A good way to get around Baltimore (particularly during the summer) is by water taxi. You can buy a ticket which gives you unlimited rides all day and as well as being a useful mode of transport you also get great views of the Baltimore city skyline.
Baltimore’s World Trade Center gives you the opportunity to look down on the Inner Harbor and much of the city from the Top of the World observation level. Whilst not as high as buildings in many US cities, the 27th floor observation level is still worth the visit.
Baltimore also has a lively night life for after dark entertainment, and a large variety of restaurants and bars. The local food favourite is steamed crabs, or many other varieties of crab!
If you’re in the city at the right time of year you could catch one of the local sports teams. For baseball there’s the Baltimore Orioles and for American Football, the Baltimore Ravens.
When Should You Visit?:
Baltimore has a temperate climate, which means it’s warm year-round, relatively speaking! Winters are not harsh although temperatures can drop to around freezing (32F), though generally they’re mild and wet. In the summer, temperatures are pleasant though humidity can be high. The summer average high is around 30C (86F).
Perhaps the best time of year to visit would be spring or autumn (fall) as temperatures are pleasant and humidity isn’t too high during these times.