Sightseeing, History, Shopping, and More Await YOU in Baltimore

The “Baltimore Special” is a 4-day/3-night scenic excursion from the Piedmont of North Carolina to Baltimore, Maryland aboard the Powhattan Arrow coach railcar.  As one of the nation’s most important and historic seaports, a trip to the city offers amazing scenery, national history, railroad history, unique dining and shopping opportunities, and much more.

Passengers have the choice of boarding at any one of the following North Carolina Amtrak stations: Charlotte, Salisbury, Greensboro, or Cary, before beginning their journey north through Virginia and into Maryland to visit "Charm City."

Trip Itinerary

Thursday, July 13
After taking the scenic journey north into Virginia, the train will arrive at Alexandria Amtrak station near Washington, D.C.  Following dinner in Old Town Alexandria, passengers will travel by motorcoach to the Inner Harbor Hampton Inn and Suites in Baltimore for the night.

Friday, July 14
Visitors will start the day with a tour of the National Aquarium to see sharks, dolphins, rays and tropical fish, all a part of a collection of 20,000 different animals.  Guests will enjoy lunch at Inner Harbor, home to more than 40 restaurants and eateries. A self guided tour of two of Inner Harbor’s historic ships will be followed by a return to the hotel, and then dinner in Little Italy, a cultural and ethnic icon of the City of Charm.

Saturday, July 15
Saturday morning will begin with a visit to the B&O Railroad Museum, the birthplace of American Railroading.  The museum is home to “the oldest, most historic and most comprehensive American railroad collections in the world.”  A ride aboard the train and lunch will conclude the museum visit, followed by trip to Fort McHenry. This national monument and historic shrine played an important role in the defense of the Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. The battle even inspired Francis Scott Key to pen “The Star Spangled Banner.”
          Passengers will enjoy dinner on their own in Fell’s Point, another iconic Baltimore neighborhood, before taking a City Lights Cruise to conclude the day.

Sunday, July 16
Sunday morning, passengers will depart the hotel for the motorcoach ride to Alexandria to board the Amtrak train bound for the return to North Carolina.