Hotel at a Glance: WhyHotel Baltimore
A self-described pop-up hotel, WhyHotel Baltimore is made up of brand-new apartments in a luxury high-rise. Its units offer more space than typical hotel rooms, with high ceilings and large windows that let plenty of natural light in. Each one has a full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a washer and dryer for the convenience of home.
- Best for groups: the standard two-bedroom two-bath unit, which sleeps six
- Pups welcome: Dog owners should contact WhyHotel for details.
- Staying in shape: The fitness center is equipped with indoor-cycling bikes and resistance-training gear.
- Warm welcome: free drinks and snacks
- Locals in the know: The hotel’s hosts have info on downtown Baltimore attractions like the Inner Harbor, just a 10-minute walk away.
Baltimore, Maryland: World-Class Museums and Historic Waterfront Neighborhoods
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor—a busy port that was redeveloped as a tourism district in the mid-20th century—has become one of the city’s best-known and most beloved landmarks. Water taxis ferry visitors from one historic, cultural, or family-friendly attraction to another. Sites along the routes include the star-shaped Fort McHenry (where US forces repelled the British during the War of 1812, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner”) and restaurants where you can sample the city’s famous crab cakes.
You’ll find several unique museums here, too, from the National Aquarium—which houses more than 16,000 sea creatures in realistic habitats—to the wonderfully oddball American Visionary Art Museum, one of the country’s leading institutions for outsider art. For a stunning view of the skyline, the Inner Harbor, and Chesapeake Bay, head up to the 27th floor of the Baltimore World Trade Center, where you can see the city from 360 degrees at the observation deck.