Baltimore General Information
o Closest airport to Baltimore is BWI (Baltimore Washington International). Alternate
airports DCA (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, DC – about 1
hour from Baltimore) and IAD (Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA -
about 1.5 hours from Baltimore).
o Train - Baltimore Penn Station is about 7 minutes from the Johns Hopkins Hospital and it
is located at 1515 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Train schedules:
AMTRAK and MARC (commuter train to/from Washington, DC).
o Taxis are not easily available on the streets. Taxis can be found at hotels, at the Johns
Hopkins Hospital or by calling Yellow Cab (410-685-1212).
o Baltimore Basilica – first cathedral of Roman Catholicism in the U.S.
o The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
o Fort McHenry
o Harborplace & The Gallery at Harborplace
o Maryland Science Center
o National Aquarium in Baltimore
o Top of the World Observation Level and Museum
o USS Constellation
o Baltimore Sightseeing Tours
o Water Taxi
o Baltimore Inner Harbor
o World Guide to Baltimore
o Frommers’ Guide to Baltimore
o Annapolis - It is one of the oldest cities in the country. Annapolis is about one hour
south of Baltimore by car. The U.S. Naval Academy was established here in 1845.
Visitors to Annapolis will enjoy the waterfront festivals that take place each summer.
Annapolis is known as a boating community, and tour and cruises are available much of
o New York City - New York is 190 miles from Baltimore. They say New York City is the city
that never sleeps. And it’s no wonder with its colorful explosion of culture that
influences the food, fashion and future trends of the world. .New York City offers a wide
variety of sights, tours, lodging, entertainment, transportation, dining, shopping,
sporting events, activities, and historic landmarks.
o Ocean City - If you have a little time to play while you're in Baltimore, head over to
Ocean City. Just three hours east of the city, this vacation spot is best suited for a
weekend getaway. The resort town is an escape for Baltimoreans. Deep-sea fishing,
windsurfing, sailing, cruising the boardwalk, or just lounging on the beach are favorite
o Pennsylvania - Philadelphia is the birthplace of American government, the home of the
Liberty Bell, the old stomping grounds of Ben Franklin and the birthplace of American
Government. It is about an hour and 45 minutes away from Baltimore by car. Valley
Forge is located less than two hours from Baltimore by car. Montgomery County and the
greater Valley Forge countryside encompass many outdoor recreational activities,
historical sites, seasonal festivals, Colonial workshops and wonderful holiday shopping.
With the seasons changing, a fall drive throughout this area is certain to be a beautiful
one. The 3,600-acre Valley Forge Historical Park is filled with beautiful shades of autumn,
so enjoy the ride.
o Washington, DC - The nation's capital is just 35 miles away, easily accessible by train or
by car via the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Take a day to explore the White House,
the Mall, the monuments and the Smithsonian museums. If you're planning to drive to
D.C., keep in mind that rush hour will tack on at least an hour to your commute. Some of
the main attractions and museums include:
Arlington National Cemetery.
Bureau of Printing and Engraving – where money is printed.
Franciscan Monastery - The monastery includes gardens with replicas of Holy
Land sites and a Byzantine style church (1899) modeled after Istanbul’s famed
International Spy Museum - The largest collection of international espionage-
related artifacts opened to the public.
Lincoln Memorial - The Lincoln Memorial was built to resemble a Greek temple.
It has 36 Doric columns, one for each state at the time of Lincoln’s death. A
sculpture by Daniel Chester French of a seated Lincoln is in the center of the
National Arboretum - The Arboretum's beautiful 446-acre campus in Washington,
D.C. contains an array of display gardens, collections, and historical monuments
set among native stands of eastern deciduous trees.
Smithsonian Institution - The world's largest museum complex and research
organization. Composed of 16 museums and the National Zoo in the
Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and 2 museums in New York City, the
Smithsonian's exhibitions offer visitors a glimpse into its vast collection
numbering over 142 million objects.
Smithsonian National Zoological Park - Open to the public 364 days a year, they
are home to more than 2,700 individual animals of 435 different species. The
best known residents are the giant pandas, Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and their cub,
Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
US Capitol - The United States Capitol is among the most architecturally
impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the
meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for almost
two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt,
extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders
but also to the American people and their government.
Union Station - For over 90 years, Union Station has welcomed people to the
most important city in the world. This magnificent building has even played host
to 17 Presidents and countless foreign dignitaries. However, what may be most
impressive is the fact that Union Station's marble floors echo with the footsteps
of over 25 million people each year, making it the most visited site in all of
Washington Monument - The Washington Monument, built at intervals between
1848 and 1885 with funds from public subscriptions and Federal appropriations,
memorializes George Washington's achievements and unselfish devotion to
principle and to country.
Washington National Cathedral.
o Calendar of Performing Arts in Baltimore
o Baltimore Theater Alliance
o American Visionary Art Museum
o Babe Ruth Museum
o Baltimore Civil War Museum
o Baltimore Maritime Museum
o Baltimore Museum of Art
o B&O Railroad
o Fells Point Maritime Museum
o Fire Museum of Maryland
o Flag House and Star Spangled Banner Museum
o Great Blacks in Wax Museum
o National Museum of Dentistry
o Port Discovery
o Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
o Walters Art Museum
o Federal Hill
o Fells Point
o Little Italy
o Mt. Vernon
o Arundel Mills/outlet – ~15 miles from Johns Hopkins
o Owings Mills Mall - ~19 miles from Johns Hopkins
o The Gallery – walking distance from Marriott
o The Mall in Columbia - ~21 miles from Johns Hopkins
o Towson Town Center Mall - ~15 miles from Johns Hopkins
o White Marsh Mall - ~14 miles from Johns Hopkins
o Horse Racing