Baltimore/North Baltimore

Gilman Hall, Johns Hopkins University

North Baltimore is a large section of the city sprawling north towards Towson, and is home to Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus.


For visitors, chances are that all you will want to see is in two neighborhoods:

Get in

By metro

If you don't mind walking and are going to come and go during rush hour, the Metro station may be the right choice for that area. It ends at Johns Hopkins and starts at Owings Mills.

By light rail

If you are using light rail, you need to get off at Lexington and get onto the metro to get all the way to Hopkins.

By car

You can reach it by traveling on Route 40 after getting off an interstate highway, or by taking I-83.


Johns Hopkins University

The Gilman Hall cupola at the Johns Hopkins University.

Johns Hopkins University is a mammoth institution in Baltimore, and it is here that you will find its center on the Homewood Campus.

The Homewood campus was a property purchased in 1800 by Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence, as a wedding present for his son, who designed and oversaw the building of the outstanding federal style country house. The Johns Hopkins University was the first research university in the United States. Tourists will enjoy the Homewood House, a historic home built by Charles Carrol for his son, now a history museum, and the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame.

Other sights




Honfest, along 36th St (the Avenue). 14-15 July 2009. Hampden's big neighborhood celebration, which grew over the past fourteen years from a little pageant created by a few eccentrics on a lark to a major city festival that draws even international visitors. The "hon" is a certain local style of lady that developed in the early 1960s, featuring dresses with flamboyant prints, very large and brightly colored horn-rimmed glasses, spandex pants, leopard pants, heavy eye-shadow, and as-tall-as-possible beehive hairdos. If you have seen Hairspray in any of its incarnations, you know what the Baltimore hon looks like.

The name itself comes from a shortening of "honey," used as a friendly way of saying "mam." (This widespread usage reportedly came from desegregation, when white Baltimoreans wanted to evade calling black men and women a more formal "sir" and "mam.") Today, Honfest is full of hons in full costume (or just their everyday hon look), and features two main eventsthe crowning of "Miss Hon," success in which depends on your look, and your participation in the second eventthe Running of the Hons. If you want to be a hon for the day, fret not, you can get your makeup and beehive do right on site during the festivities.

Miracle on 34th Street

The more tasteful south side of 34th St in December






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Routes through North Baltimore

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