Downtown Contrasts

Baltimore, Maryland

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This walk has a stunning array of sites and perfectly encapsulates the great contrasts that contribute to making Charm City truly unique. Starting in what is considered the center of Baltimore (where streets gain their identifier: east, west, north, or south) and in the path of the original 1729 plans for Baltimore-Town, this walk moves away from the financial district, taking in buildings new and old, those that survived the Great Fire of 1904 and those that didn’t (plus some that still bear the scars), and an embarrassment of historical riches. These are the sights just north of the Inner Harbor, in an area where few tourists venture. Pity that, as a walk down these streets gives one a sense of what Baltimore used to be and what it is today. The contrasts here are enormous: stately City Hall, the sobering Holocaust Memorial, the adult attractions of the Block, and much, much more. Truly one of the great walks and a great way to appreciate The Monumental City.

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"This walk has a stunning array of sites and perfectly encapsulates the great contrasts that contribute to making Charm City truly unique. Starting in what is considered the center of Baltimore (where streets gain their identifier: east, west, north, or south) and in the path of the original 1729 plans for Baltimore-Town, this walk moves away from the financial district, taking in buildings new and old, those that survived the Great Fire of 1904 and those that didn’t (plus some that still bear the scars), and an embarrassment of historical riches. These are the sights just north of the Inner Harbor, in an area where few tourists venture. Pity that, as a walk down these streets gives one a sense of what Baltimore used to be and what it is today. The contrasts here are enormous: stately City Hall, the sobering Holocaust Memorial, the adult attractions of the Block, and much, much more. Truly one of the great walks and a great way to appreciate The Monumental City."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Baltimore
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round

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