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Founded in 1729, Baltimore has served as one of the largest trade hubs and seaports of the United States for more than 200 years. Its strategic military value assured that Baltimore saw a lot of action in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. The “Star Spangled Banner,” adopted as the national anthem in 1931, was penned by Francis Scott Key in 1814 after witnessing an attack on the city. Baltimore is an architecturally beautiful and diverse city, with styles ranging from Greek Revival to Tiffany stained glass to the Baltimore Rowhouse. Today, the city has more than 70 designated historic districts, most with a distinct ethnic flair. Historians will appreciate the USS Constellation, the last Civil War-era warship still afloat, and the Taney, the last surviving warship from the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, both docked in Baltimore Harbor.

What to Do in Baltimore

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