Washington, D.C. and Baltimore are separated by a mere 38 miles of (extremely congested) highway. Besides sharing a bay, a beltway, and an inferiority complex toward the other major east coast cities, the two don’t have a lot in common. If you’re swinging through the Mid-Atlantic, you may be tempted to stop through one on your way up or down the coast. Here are 11 reasons why you should choose D.C. over Baltimore.
There are so many cities on the east coast. New York is there. Boston is a big one. Providence, Rhode Island, even. Only one of them is the nation’s capital. Given the choice, would you want to tell your friends and family that you stopped through just another city on the east coast, or would you want to tell them that you stopped in the nation’s capital? Much of the fun of traveling is bragging about it, so go the extra (38) miles and hit the nation’s capital.
Admittedly, Camden Yards is gorgeous and might even take the cake over Nationals Park. After that, Baltimore’s sports scene can’t compare. What really sets D.C. apart, though, is having the Capitals and Wizards playing, basically every night for half the year at the Capitol One Arena. On any given night you can check out a pro hockey or basketball game – something you can’t find in Baltimore.
The National Mall is one of D.C.’s biggest attractions, and with good reason. On a nice day, there’s not much better than walking down the mall and touring a few Memorials under the afternoon sun. It’ll look great on the ‘gram, too.
No matter your political affiliation, the White House is a cool experience. You can book a self-guided tour three months in advance (no shorter than 21 days) through your member of Congress. When you are in D.C., you share a backyard with the leader of the free world. Take advantage of it.
D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival is visited by 1.5 million people each year. The four-week festival celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 Japanese Cherry Blossom trees from the mayor of Tokyo as a symbol of friendship. The Cherry Blossom Festival is renowned as the Nation’s Greatest Springtime Celebration. Your move, Baltimore.
D.C. is quickly becoming a go-to city for foodies all over the country. The city boasts 14 Michelin Star restaurants, so you could basically have the best meal of your life for two straight weeks.
D.C. has two airports, making it easily accessible. Baltimore’s only airport is 13 miles outside of the city. That does you little to no good if you’re flying in and don’t have a car. Come to D.C., and you can fly right into Reagan Airport. Hop off your plane and two metro stops later, boom, you’re downtown.