Get to Know Baltimore
Located in central Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay,
Baltimore is easily accessible by plane, train and highway.
It is within close proximity to New York, Washington, D.C.
and Philadelphia, making it the ideal place for a hub to
visiting some of America's most historical cities. Come for
the meeting. Stay for a vacation.
The City of Baltimore
Baltimore, affectionately known as "Charm City", is known for its breathtaking harbor, rich history, unique museums and proximity to Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Situated in the heart of the Eastern Seaboard in close proximity to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., Baltimore is easily accessible by plane, train and highway. You'll save time getting here and save time getting around, so you can make the most of your trip.
This modern city is rich in history-Babe Ruth, Edgar Allan Poe, Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Douglass and Frances Scott Key all have connections to Baltimore. It is also a city of firsts: The
B&O; Railroad and the National Anthem started here as well as the first U.S. dental school and the first U.S. Roman Catholic Cathedral. If there was one word to describe Baltimore, it would be "resilient" which is not far off from how VNAA's members have proven to be.
From breath-taking panoramic views of the skyline from the Observation Level of the World Trade Center to the up-close and personal experiences of street performances happening spontaneously at the waterfront, Baltimore's Inner Harbor offers more to see and do than you might imagine. Elegant gourmet
cuisine, ethnic foods from around the world and plenty of fresh seafood from Maryland's Chesapeake Bay abound.
The National Aquarium
Baltimore's leading tourist attraction, the National Aquarium houses more than 16,000 creatures. Whether you want to see jellyfish, sharks, sea turtles or even iguanas or monkeys, the National Aquarium has them all.
Maryland Science Center
Entertaining and educational to the young and old alike, it is undoubtedly one of the city's most exciting places to visit. One of the oldest scientific institutions in the United States, the Maryland Science Center provides interactive exhibits and spectacular displays in the world of science and technology.
Power Plant Live!
Power Plant Live! is Baltimore's premier dining, entertainment and retail destination located just one block from the World Famous Downtown Inner Harbor. Restaurants and retail venues such as Howl at the Moon and Rams Head Live! make this the hottest spot in town.
Located southeast of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry is a famous point of interest best known for its role in the Battle of Baltimore. It was a staved off invasion at Fort McHenry that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the Star Spangled Banner, originally entitled Defense of Fort McHenry. The first official flags with 49 stars, and with 50 stars, were flown over Fort McHenry and remain there today.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
A visit to Camden Yards is just minutes away and, if you're a true baseball fan, be sure to see the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame exhibit and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum located nearby. You can also visit the Sports Legends Museum which offers artifacts and interactive exhibits, transforming Camden Station into one of the most spectacular sports museums in America.
For the perfect transportation in and around Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the water taxi is an affordable solution. Located on Lancaster Street, one price buys unlimited rides for the day.
Charm City Circulator
Fast, frequent and free...that's the trademark of downtown Baltimore's new shuttle bus system, the Charm City Circulator. These free shuttles run every 10 minutes from early morning to late night, seven days a week, so it will be easy for you to hop on and off to shop, visit a museum or attraction, browse around one of the many historic neighborhoods, or eat at one of Baltimore's amazing restaurants.