Featured Destination:

Baltimore

It's easy to do Baltimore on a budget thanks to its many free activities. During October, catch more than 300 free events during Baltimore Free Fall -- ranging from a children's festival in the Inner Harbor, to guided architecture tours and concerts throughout the city.

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Baltimore is known for its fresh seafood, but there’s way more going on. In fact, Zagat named Baltimore to its list of 30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America for 2017. Family-friendly joints rub elbows with lavish waterfront restaurants, all serving diverse cuisine. Wash down dinner with a craft beer from a booming scene.

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As the 102-year-old Baltimore Symphony Orchestra can prove, Baltimore's vibrant arts and culture scene isn't new. The city's diverse offerings currently include the world's largest collection of Henri Matisse works at The Baltimore Museum of Art as well as the unique exhibits at the American Visionary Art Museum.

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A city integral in shaping America, Baltimore is where Francis Scott Key penned the poem that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the War of 1812. The nation's first tracks are now home to the B&O Railroad Museum. Learn about black history with a visit to the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum or Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

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Football fans won't be the only "Raven" followers in town for October. The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival (Oct. 6-7) headlines a busy month that also includes the Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show (Oct. 3-9), Baltimore Beer Week (Oct. 12-21) and the John Waters exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art (Oct. 7-Jan. 6).

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