Baltimore, MD is a vibrant city with much to offer. Driving from Washington DC to Baltimore will take almost 1 hour but unexpected stuff might come up including accidents and construction. Plus, there’s the cost of gas and trying to find parking once you get there. Forget about all that and take in Baltimore via train and cruse the Baltimore harbor via water taxi!
The MARC (Maryland Area Rail Commuter) is a commuter train that officially opened up the Penn Station line on weekends! Tickets can be easily purchased at Union Station in Washington DC at the many kiosk machines. And the best part? Only $14 USD round trip! Trains are running every few hours and riders can even bring food and drinks on the train. Felt like a European train experience! The MARC only stops several times and getting to Baltimore only takes 1 hour. The last stop is Baltimore Penn Station and the circulator bus (Purple Route) is right outside which is free. Take the bus to the harbor and buy your water taxi pass at the visitor center (only $12 USD for the entire day). I highly recommend the Fells Point stop where you can have lunch and walk the cobbled streets and alleys lined with many cafes and boutique shops. For an historical stop, get off at Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine. This was the place that defended Baltimore against the British in the War of 1812 and the birthplace of our National Anthem.
Take the water taxi back to Pier 5 and have dinner at any of the fantastic seafood restaurants lining the boardwalk. On the way back to Penn Station from the circulator bus, get off in the historic Mount Vernon district which is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and originally home to the city’s most wealthy and fashionable families. There’s a mini Washington monument structure there closely resembling the one in Washington DC. We took the 8 PM train back to DC and were home by 930.
All in all, an excellent day outing with fun memories and highly recommended!