Baltimore, Maryland, is a special blend of historic and contemporary, as development around the city suggests. And the city offers plenty of things for visitors to see and do.

There is quite possibly no better example of this than Camden Yards, the baseball stadium for the Baltimore Orioles, which has become one of the key elements in renovating the central city. Camden Yards works because it manages to be both contemporary and historic—its vintage styling was the prototype for several other "throwback" stadiums.

This kind of new-old blending happens a lot in Baltimore. Up-to-the-minute restaurants and clubs inhabit vintage neighborhoods. Historic figures such as Babe Ruth are celebrated in museums. It's a city that keeps an eye on its past without ever getting stuck there.

A great place to see the mix of tradition and innovation is at the lively Baltimore Inner Harbor, a close neighbor to Camden Yards. Once a run-down warehouse district, it has been transformed into a colorful, thriving area that serves as the heart of the city and contains several first-rate visitor attractions.

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