We can see the irony here: after waxing poetic about how neighborly Baltimore is the first neighborhood we decide to highlight is the most artificial part of town. But the Inner Harbor also happens to be where a lot of Baltimore’s best attractions are concentrated, all within walking distance and sight of the water that makes this city so special. The harbor used to be just that—a port for light freight—but it eventually fell into disrepair. In 1980 large-scale gentrification gave the Harbor its current face and cachet; a pedestrian-friendly, scrubbed waterfront promenade. Now you can wander down here and walk from the National Aquarium to the Maryland Science Center to Power Plant Live, a multi-level complex of chain-y bars, restaurants and shops. Think of the Inner Harbor as a mall, but outdoors, prettier and full of waterfront breezes that smell like salt and blue crabs (and other words that begin with “cra”—Baltimore has sewage growing pains, all right?).