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Summer is a popular time to visit Baltimore, but hotel rates tend to soar during this season. Temperatures and prices begin to drop in spring and fall, great times for sports fans to visit the iconic Camden Yards baseball stadium or cheer on the two-time Super Bowl Championship-winning Ravens. Preakness, the middle Triple Crown race, is held the third Saturday in May and is the most important American equestrian event after the Kentucky Derby.

One of the country’s oldest cities, Baltimore is a good destination for families looking to incorporate history lessons, delicious seafood and the great outdoors into their vacation. A visit to Charm City isn’t complete without a crab feast heavily seasoned with Old Bay and washed down with a National Bohemian beer (locally known as “Natty Boh”).

The Inner Harbor is home to some of Baltimore’s best museums including the National Aquarium, but travelers should explore beyond this tourist hub to visit the historic pubs, manicured parks and important landmarks spread throughout the city. Must-sees include Patterson Park Pagoda in Canton, Federal Hill’s American Visionary Art Museum and the Maryland Zoo in Druid Hill Park.

Inspired by the Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key penned the “Star-Spangled Banner” as he watched the American flag hoisted above Fort McHenry. Budding historians can tour the fort, climb aboard the USS Constellation which saw combat in three wars, and visit Baltimore Basilica, the first Catholic Cathedral in the United States. Readers shouldn’t miss the chance to see Edgar Allen Poe’s home as well as his gravesite.

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