Baltimore is a city rich in Patriotic American history near Washington, D.C. It's where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner. Mount Vernon square has the first monument to George Washington and is home to 19th century buildings turned into museums, galleries and shops. Federal Hill Main Street is lively in spirit with plenty of antique shops, beer pubs and restaurants to visit. Nearby trips to Washington DC and Annapolis offer unlimited sightseeing opportunities.