by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 01, 2011
Fort McHenry

Say, you can see. Worth a trek for history buffs is Fort McHenry, an incredibly well-preserved, star-shaped battlement. It was during the War of 1812, when the fort was under siege, that Francis Scott Key came up with the words to what became our National Anthem. Exhibits are set up throughout the grounds, including in the Barracks and the 1814 Guard House.

Piece from the American Visionary Art Museum
Art that grabs you. Quirky works in all kinds of media, made by self-taught artists, decorate the American Visionary Art Museum. Don't miss the current exhibit, What Makes Us Smile. Curated by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons), artist Gary Panter and museum founder Rebecca Hoffberger, the showing is a "playful celebration of human joy," and includes On Deck Circle (pictured at left).

Dish from The Prime Rib

Find dining. You'll find something that tempts your taste buds in the Baltimore Sun's list of the city's 50 best restaurants ( Or just go to #1: The Prime Rib, which opened in 1965. (410) 539-1804;


John Wilkes Booth image


Tomb Tour. Those marking the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War might want to wander out to Green Mount Cemetery, where John Wilkes Booth (left) is buried in a family plot. Also at the historic interment spot: Napoleon's sister-in-law, a CIA director, a secretary of state and others.



Be crabby: J.W. Faidley at Lexington Market serves up quintessential Maryland crabcakes. They'll even ship some home for you, or to any destination in the United States or Puerto Rico.