Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Baltimore? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Baltimore?”
If everything you know about Charm City comes from “The Wire,” you probably know urban institutions and law enforcement, but you’re missing out on a larger picture. Baltimore is a city of layers. It’s amped on the O’s and emerging indie bands. It’ll serve up a tableful of crab legs, then a slice of literary tradition. It’ll school you on American history before hitting you with avant-garde art exhibits. You can get a harborside beer from a crusty sailor on the same block as innovative craft cocktails. And once you’re there, you’ll want to experience it all, because if we can quote Detective Freamon out of context, “all the pieces matter.” Here’s how to experience Baltimore right now.