Known as the Charm City, Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks and attractions like the Civil War–era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures.

Mount Vernon is the main LGBTQ neighborhood boosting a lively area of restaurants and bars with a cute downtown feel. Charles Village has important arts and cultural centers in Baltimore for the LGTBQ community as well. Areas around the Harbor, although are not considered the LGBTQ neighborhood have wonderful places to eat and grab a drink that are welcoming, and the view of the harbor is quite lovely.


The major airport is called the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). You can also arrive from Washington DC by train or northbound on the Amtrak.

To get to downtown Baltimore take the MARC Penn Line train. You'll need to catch a shuttle to the MARC/Amtrak Station. These shuttles are located outside baggage claim and run approximately every 6 minutes, except between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. when they operate every 25 minutes. Take the train to Penn Station, only about 20 minutes.

Public Transportation

The MARC is a commuter train that runs from areas of Maryland, including Baltimore, and can take passengers even to Washington DC.

The Charm City Circulator is a FREE shuttle bus service that runs daily until 9pm.

You can use the Light Rail, an above ground electric train system mainly headed north and south.

Baltimore also has a subway system with one line that runs east/west and ventures more so in the western suburbs to John Hopkins Hospital.