Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and the 12th most populous in the nation. The Baltimore region has much to offer, from the sophistication and culture of a large metropolitan city to the beauty and leisure of the waterfront and rural areas that surround it. Less than an hour's drive away is Washington, D.C., with its many attractions.
Enjoying a long history as a city important in our nation's development, Baltimore maintains a strong feeling for the past, as typified by the many charming neighborhoods of restored houses and an abundance of historic buildings.
In the last decade, the downtown area has undergone a dramatic revitalization, including the area adjacent to the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB) campus that has become a model for other cities. Several blocks from the campus is the nationally acclaimed Inner Harbor area, where Harborplace, a complex of businesses, shops and restaurants, shares the harbor with sloops, renovated federal-style townhouses and the architecturally striking National Aquarium and the Science Center.
Baltimore's cultural offerings will please the most discriminating tastes. The world-class Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs in a spectacular symphony hall, opened in 1982 as the centerpiece of the Arts District. The district also features the renovated Lyric Opera House and the Maryland Institute College of Art. The Baltimore Museum of Art houses the renowned Cone Collection as well as extensive collections in many other artistic areas. The city boasts many fine museums, libraries and professional theatre groups.
For the sports fan, Baltimore has Orioles baseball at the beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Baltimore also has an exciting new National Football League team, The Baltimore Ravens, as well as excellent lacrosse, indoor soccer, ice hockey and horse racing.
Nearby, the Chesapeake Bay awaits, offering unparalleled water sports and a wide variety of seafood.
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