Travel Nurse Assignments: Live Like a Local – Baltimore, MD!
Welcome to Baltimore, MD! Just 40 miles from our nation’s capital, Baltimore has witnessed some of America’s most famous moments. The city is where Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner,” after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry. It’s also where Edgar Allan Poe died mysteriously in 1849. During that time, Baltimore established itself as a major transportation hub, with industries like shipping and railroads dominating the economy. Today, the city is a major center for service-oriented industries and healthcare. One of Baltimore’s nicknames is “the city of neighborhoods” and many tourists flock to iconic sections of the city like The Inner Harbor, and Fells Point. Explore The Charm City today!
Baltimore’s history dates back to the 17th century, and the city played a key role in the American Revolution. The Second Continental Congress set up their headquarters in Baltimore in 1776, and served as the seat of government for a brief period. During the War of 1812, Baltimore was the site of arguably the most famous battle of the entire conflict, when the British attacked Fort McHenry. The heroic defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write the “The Star Spangled Banner” as he watched the siege from afar. You can visit the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine to learn more about this famous battle, and the early history of Baltimore.
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There are several other famous landmarks to visit as well. Edgar Allan Poe was buried in an unmarked grave in Baltimore in 1849. Shortly after his death, there was a movement to erect a memorial tombstone in honor of the famous poet. The memorial is located at the corner of W. Fayette and N. Greene Streets. In 1949, 100 years after Poe’s death, a mysterious stranger started leaving tributes to Poe at the gravesite every year. No one ever discovered the identity of this person, and the tributes stopped as mysteriously as they started in 2012.
Another iconic landmark is the Washington Monument, the first major monument to honor George Washington. You may be asking yourself “isn’t the Washington Monument in Washington D.C?” Yes, there is a famous one in D.C., but Baltimore’s Washington Monument was built 60 years earlier. Visitors can climb to the top of the monument to see stunning views of downtown. The surrounding Mount Vernon Place has been described as one of the most beautiful urban spaces in the country.
The City of Neighborhoods
Baltimore has hundreds of distinct neighborhoods, each with their own unique culture and charm. The Inner Harbor is arguably the most renowned district: with tons of great shopping, museums, entertainment, and restaurants. It’s the place to go if you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, straight from Chesapeake Bay! The Inner Harbor is also home to the National Aquarium, considered one of world’s best aquariums. The aquarium houses more than 20,000 animals from 800+ species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, marine mammals, and sharks.
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Fell’s Point is another neighborhood that’s worth visiting. Historically, an entertainment district for sailors, the neighborhood has gentrified to become a hub for artisan coffeeshops, restaurants, and boutique stores. The aesthetic of the neighborhood remains very old-fashioned, with cobblestone streets and colonial architecture throughout the neighborhood. It also has the largest concentration of drinking establishments in the city, and is home to over 120 different pubs and bars.
Where to Eat and Drink
Being a major seaport, it’s no surprise that Baltimore is home to great seafood. Thames Street Oyster House is located on the waterfront, and has a mouthwatering menu of seafood favorites like oysters, mussels, and lobster. Furthermore, if you like steamed crab, Nick’s Crab Market claims to have the best crabs in Baltimore! If you’re not feeling seafood, Clavel is a local favorite that specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine, and they also have a mezcal tasting room.
For drinks, be sure to try The Horse You Came in On Saloon. It’s Baltimore’s oldest bar, and allegedely the last destination of Edgar Allan Poe before his death. Or for something a bit more upscale, try Rye Cocktail Bar in the heart of the historic Fell’s Point neighborhood.
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