Time for a road trip… Stop 1: Baltimore, MD

My husband flew home with just a suitcase. We got to wait and wait and wait for our furniture and his car to get to PA… joy! Almost two months after it was sent, his car finally arrive by ship to the nearest authorized Vehicle Processing Center (VPC). However, the nearest harbor was in Baltimore, MD, a lovely four hours away. With having to go all that way, we decide to make a little vacation out of it.

Destinations: 1 day in Baltimore (obviously), 1 day in Annapolis, 2 days in Washington DC, and 1 day in Shenandoah National Park

Today’s post is our quick day in Baltimore.

We picked up a local car rental to take to Baltimore then headed out. We left late and arrived at our hotel around midnight. It was the sketchiest hotel I have ever stayed in my life… never ever stay at the Rodeway Inn in Elkridge, MD. Just don’t!

We left early to get to the VPC, which actually went much smoother than I anticipated. Win! Next stop, Inner Harbor in Downtown Baltimore. Traffic was not awful, and we found a garage pretty easily.

First, we went to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Honestly, I figured it would be lame, but what the hell, right? It was actually really fun! We spent about an hour and a half there. We were trapped in the Mirror Maze for awhile, which was hilarious. We also did the 4D movie, which was really funny.  Did you watch American Horror Story: Freak Show? They have information on the a few on the characters from the show. Also, Hogwarts made of matchsticks… enough said. The musical piano steps were fun too.

We leisurely walked around the Harbor and took some pictures. For lunch, we stopped at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. It is completely decorated with Forrest Gump-related items. I loved it! I wish I could remember what we ate, but the portions were HUGE and the food was delicious. We were so stuffed… but not too stuffed for some Rita’s Italian Ice. 🙂 Disclaimer: I am a dessert-lover. I need something sweet after almost every meal.

After walking around a little more to burn off some of our lunch, we decided to take a ride up to Top of the World Observation Level. It gave a nice panoramic view of the harbor and city.

I am a HUGE reader. I just finished my 52nd book this year. More on that in the future, but Inner Harbor has a amazingly, humongous Barns & Noble. I just had to go in and see it. If you are a book lover, you need to take a quick stop in and just bask in the glory of floors upon floors of books.

Next stop… Annapolis!