Baltimore, Maryland, home to nearly 800,000 people, borders the busy
metropolitan area of Washington, D.C. Around twenty colleges, from
state schools to private specialty, Catholic, and Jewish centers, cater
to the diverse population. The Inner Harbor is the cultural center
of the city, boasting an exciting array of restaurants, shopping, sports
venues, and museums. The National Aquarium and Baltimore Maritime
Museum center on the sea, a vital part of this port city's history.
Local seafood, particularly Maryland's soft shell crab, features in area
dining. Museums cover just about every topic, from the Baltimore
Museum of Industry to the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Camden
Yards, home to Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles, is just minutes
away. For NFL action, the Baltimore Ravens play nearby as
well. For the more culturally minded, historical buildings, as well
as performing and visual arts venues, abound at sophisticated Mount Vernon.