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A Football Fan's Travel Guide to Baltimore, Maryland

American Football

Baltimore, Maryland, is home of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. The Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium, which is located in the city’s Inner Harbor district. Several hotels are within walking distance.

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M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, home of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. Photo Credit: Famartin.

Baltimore, Maryland, is a great sports town, and sports fans visiting the city to attend football games or baseball games should consider spending a couple of nights.

The city has interesting neighborhoods, several museums, fabulous restaurants,, and important historical sites.

Best of all for sports fans, there are many hotels within walking distance of sports venues. Lists of Baltimore's top tourist attractions and  the hotels  closest to sporting venues follow. 

Top Baltimore Tourist Attractions

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Pubs line South Broadway Street in Baltimore’s historic Fell’s Point District. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is home to many of the city’s top tourist attractions. Here are some of the “must see” attractions visiting sports fans should check out while they’re in Charm City …

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine – the National Anthem is played before sporting events. Have you ever wondered what the lyrics are all about? They were based on the Battle of Baltimore in 1812, which took place at this important national monument.
  • Star Spangled Banner Flag House – built in 1793, this was the home of Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the garrison flag that Francis Scott Key saw still waving “over the land of the free and the home of the brave”, which inspired him to write a poem, which become the lyrics to the National Anthem.
  • Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum – learn about the life and times of Babe Ruth, who is considered the best baseball player of all times, at this fascinating museum, which is just two blocks from Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.
  • Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum – Baltimore’s football team is called the Ravens for a reason! One of America’s most revered poets, Edgar Allen Poe, who penned “The Raven”, died and was buried in the city. He lived in this National Historic Landmark from 1933 to 1835.
  • Westminster Hall, Burying Grounds and Catacombs – this was the final resting ground of Edgar Allen Poe, General James McHenry, and many other prominent Americans.
  • Maryland Science Center – learn how science interacts with your everyday life through hands on activities. There is an IMAX theater and a planetarium. Great for famiies with children!
  • National Aquarian – get up close and personal with 17,000 sharks, dolphins, rays, and tropical fish in a naturalistic setting. There is a 4-D  Immersion Theatre!
  • World Trade Center – for the best view of Charm City, take the elevator to the Observation Level of the World Trade Center on the 27th floor.
  • Fell’s Point – established in 1763, this historic neighborhood has cobblestone streets lined with antique shops, restaurants, coffee bars, music stores, and more than 120 pubs.
  • Harbor Cruise – several companies offer cruises on various types of craft through the Inner Harbour and the Patapsco River. Water taxis also ply the waters.

Where to Stay in Baltimore

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Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbour by Red Lion.

Many visiting sports fans like to stay at hotels and motels in the Inner Harbor because of their proximity not only to Baltimore’s sporting venues, but also to many  of the city's most important tourist attractions.

Several hotels are less than a mile to the stadium, with walking times ranging from 11 to 19 minutes.

These hotels are situated closest to the stadium:

  1. Scarborough Fair Bed and Breakfast – 801 South Charles, Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 0.6 miles to the stadium, an 11 minute walk. Check room rates here
  2. Hilton Baltimore – 401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 0.6 miles to the stadium, a 12 minute walk. 
  3. Holiday Inn Express Baltimore at the Stadiums – 550 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 0.6 miles to the stadium, a12 minute walk. Check room rates here
  4. Hampton Inn Baltimore Downtown Convention Center – 550 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland. 0.6 miles to the stadium, 13 minute walk. Check room rates here
  5. Rachael’s Dowry Bed and Breakfast – 637 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland. 0.7 miles to the stadium, a 13 minute walk. Check room rates here
  6. Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards – 301 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 110 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 0.7 miles to the stadium, 13 minute walk. Check room rates here
  7. Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel – 300 South Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 0.7 miles to the stadium, a 14 minute walk. Check room rates here
  8. Holiday Inn Inner Harbor – 301 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 0.8 miles to the stadium, a 15 minute walk. Check room rates here
  9. Bridgestreet at Camden Court – 300 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 0.8 miles to the stadium, a 15 minute walk. Check room rates here
  10. Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore -550 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 0.8 miles to the stadium, a 16 minute walk. Check room rates here
  11. Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor – 0.9 miles from the stadium, an 18 minute walk. Check room rates here

Baltimore is too good a place to rush! Why not stay a few days?

Where to Eat

You won’t go hungry in Charm City!

Fresh crab, yummy seafood – what else would you expect from a port city along the Atlantic Seaboard?

Baltimore’s historic neighborhoods are dotted with casual cafes where you can nosh on Italian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern fare.

You’ll also find elegant eateries along the city's colourful waterfront serving haute cuisine.

Baltimore has a burgeoning craft beer movement.

To find the perfect place to eat:

How to Get to Baltimore

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Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Photo Credit: © JG Howes.


If you are driving to Baltimore, take …

  • Interstate 95 North from Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida.
  • Interstate 95 South from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and New England.
  • Interstate 70 East from Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri,  Kansas, Colorado, and Utah.

If You Are Flying to Baltimore …

There are three major airports in the Baltimore/Washington DC metropolitan area. Ronald Reagan National Airport is located in Arlington,Virginia; Washington Dulles International Airport is located in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The closest – and busiest – airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which is served by 14 airlines flying to more than 65 domestic and 10 international nonstop travel destinations.

The airport is approximately a 15 minute drive from downtown Baltimore.

Check schedules and fares here:

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