Baltimore's historical legacy goes far beyond steamed crabs and Cal Ripken, Jr. In fact, part of America's heritage was born in Baltimore - the city played a crucial role in the War of 1812 when soldiers, stationed at Fort McHenry, successfully held off a British attack on Baltimore. That victory for Baltimore was commemorated in the Star-Spangled Banner, a poem written by Francis Scott Key the morning after the Battle of Baltimore. Key's poem went on to become the U.S. National Anthem.

There's so much to discover for history enthusiasts in Baltimore – like the USS Constellation, the last all-sail warship still afloat in the United States; the Baltimore Civil War Museum; historical maritime vessels and ships; architectural masterpieces; religious shrines; and much, much more.

Historical attractions in Baltimore include Historical Sites and Sightseeing Tours (Search Baltimore Attractions), diverse and multicultural Baltimore Museums, or read on for a bit of Baltimore’s history.