It’s a big tourism weekend for Baltimore, what with the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes. The Huffington Post is using this as an excuse to recommend that visitors stick around after the race: “The host city has a little something for every type of traveler. Bonus: There’s nothing like Baltimore in May.”
I’m a little torn about this particular “things to do in Baltimore” list. On the pro side, it doesn’t mention The Wire once. (I mean, I love The Wire — but I’m tired of the travel writing cliche that reminds readers that there’s more to the city than drugs and crime. Duh.) And it also doesn’t rely on tired quirky/hon/beehive tropes. So hey, that’s cool. Finally, it recommends that tourists visit the Sunday farmer’s market, which is an excellent tip.
On the negative side, a tourist who came to Baltimore and saw only the Inner Harbor, Camden Yards, Phillips Seafood, and the Preakness Infield would have a very… one-sided view of the city. One featuring lots of drunk dudes in baseball caps. But if that’s your thing, HuffPo readers, go for it! But if not, check out some of our readers’ other suggestions (in the comments) for underappreciated tourist attractions. And if you’ve got more to recommend, please leave them in the comments below!
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