Getaway on a budget

Map of Baltimore

With destinations like this, you can always afford to explore.

That weekend away should never break the bank. Hop on the bus and hit the road to Baltimore, and spend a weekend exploring this iconic city without spending a dime on these attractions.

Baltimore sidewalk and row of townhouses.
  1. Poe Places

    Edgar Allen Poe headstone.

    When you’re in Baltimore and want the Poe experience on a budget, start your trip at the late poet’s gravesite and memorial. While originally unmarked and overgrown with weeds, Poe’s grave now stands 80-inches high and has his birthdate noted a day late as January 20, 1809.  While you’re at it, you can visit other Poe places around town from his old homes, places he won literary prizes and the hospital he died in.

    For all the true Edgar Allan Poe fans dying to splurge a little, you can always spring for admission to visit the Poe House and Museum where it’s believed many of his stories were written. 

    Address:  203 North Amity Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

  2. Book Festival at Baltimore Inner Harbor

    Stack of books

    Dive into a good book!

    With the city being home to so much great literature, each fall the Baltimore Book Festival brings authors and readers together for a weekend full of panel discussions, walking tours, live music, workshops, readings, discussions and so much more.  You can explore the festival free of charge or splurge at the book tent and get the best of the best to keep you entertained on your bus trip.

    Address:  561 Light St. Baltimore MD 21202

    Can't make the book festival this year?  No worries, you can head on over to the Enoch Pratt Free Library any time and choose from hundreds of books sure to please.   Check out their calendar for a look ahead on exhibits, classes and speakers.

  3. The Arts

    American Visionary Art Museum

    Since art and literature go hand-in-hand, it's no wonder Baltimore is full of both.

    Ask just about anyone and they'll tell you that if you walk into the American Visionary Art Museum you will leave inspired. The work inside is created by self-taught artists so the pieces are anything but ordinary. The museum is open 24/7 and is 100 percent free. Plus, the exterior of the building is almost as cool as the inside!  

    Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

    For the more traditional art enthusiasts in your group, the Baltimore Museum of Art plays home to the internationally renowned Cone Collection as well as the largest collection of Henri Matisse's works in the world.  

    Address:  10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218

    Bring the kids to the Walters Art Museum so they can take in the displays of knights' armor, colorful paintings, and Fabergé eggs, among the other 25,000 pieces in the collection. And for the artist-in-training in your house, the museum even hosts weekend tours and drop-in art classes with family-friendly guides.  

    Address: 600 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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