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IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING YOU WON’T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE, YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. As a city that is almost 300 years old, Baltimore is home to a lot of history and a lot of firsts. Learn about the first commercial railroad, see where “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written, explore the country’s first cathedral and more. Whether you’re traveling 50 miles or 500, this pilgrimage of American history is certainly worth it.
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Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
2 B&O Railroad Museum
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is credited with the start of American railroading. Today, the museum’s historic roundhouse, which was built in 1884 to accommodate work on passenger cars, holds historic locomotives that are
part of the B&O’s comprehensive collection of railroading artifacts. Outside, hop aboard a train to ride the first mile of railroad track laid in America.
3 The George Peabody Library
This building dates back to 1878 with the founding of the Peabody Institute of Music in Mount Vernon. The Peabody Library building is described as “a cathedral of books,” and is truly one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The neo-Greco interior features an atrium that, over a black- and-white marble floor, soars 61 feet to a latticed skylight surrounded by five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies and gold-scalloped columns.
4 Basilica of the National Shrine of the
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Baltimore Basilica is America’s first cathedral, built from 1806-1821. After the United States Constitution was signed, church leaders wanted to build a symbol of their newfound religious freedom and that is what the Basilica still represents today. It is open every day for Mass and tours.
This museum is located in the rowhouse where Babe Ruth was born, just a few blocks from Camden Yards stadium — home of the Baltimore Orioles, the team that offered Ruth his first professional contract in 1914. At the museum, you can view artifacts of Babe’s life, including his childhood catcher’s mitt and baseball jersey.

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