Our 2017 Road Trip, Part 16: The View from Another World Trade Center

Inner Harbor Wallpaper!

One great perk of vacation photography: creating your own PC wallpaper.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

Every year since 1999 my wife Anne and I have taken a trip to a different part of the United States and visited attractions, wonders, and events we didn’t have back home in Indianapolis. From 1999 to 2003 we did so as best friends; from 2004 to the present, as husband and wife. For 2017 our ultimate destination of choice was the city of Baltimore, Maryland. You might remember it from such TV shows as Homicide: Life on the Street and The Wire, not exactly the most enticing showcases to lure in prospective tourists. Though folks who know me best know I’m one of those guys who won’t shut up about The Wire, a Baltimore walkabout was Anne’s idea. Setting aside my fandom, as a major history buff she was first to remind skeptics who made worried faces at us for this plan that Maryland was one of the original thirteen American colonies and, urban decay notwithstanding, remains packed with notable history and architecture from ye olde Founding Father times. In the course of our research we were surprised to discover Baltimore also has an entire designated tourist-trap section covered with things to do. And if we just so happened to run across former filming locations without getting shot, happy bonus…

You may have noticed our next stop as an Easter egg in photos from previous chapters. The tallest building along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is their 31-story World Trade Center. It’s one of 53 American members of the World Trade Center Association, which in all numbers 317 worldwide in 91 countries. The Baltimore version opened in 1977. Other than intense basement flooding from Hurricane Isabel in 2003, it’s been a relatively fortunate place.

World Trade Center Baltimore!

Standing tall between the USS Constellation and the Dragon Boats.

Befitting the name, this WTC — pentagonal in shape — keeps a selection of 9/11 memorials out front and free of charge before you walk in the door.

9-11 Girders.

Girders from Manhattan’s own WTC, North Tower, around floors 94-96.

9-11 materials.

At left, Pentagon limestone. At right, a granite memorial to United 93.

Visitors can take an elevator to the 27th floor for the Top of the World, where more 9/11 tributes stand, as well as museum-style exhibits about Baltimore hometown pride in general.

In Memoriam.

In remembrance of the 68 victims, ages 3 to 71, who hailed from Maryland and died in the attacks that day.

Filmed in Baltimore!

On a lighter note, a salute to the dozens of movies and TV shows that were filmed in Baltimore. You’ll note hometown heroes John Waters and Barry Levinson top the gallery.


In three full days of touring Baltimore, this was literally the only direct nod I could find anywhere to The Wire.

That 27th floor also provides a glorious 360-degree view of your surroundings. It’s a thorough, inspiring vantage point on other parts of town that aren’t blocked by other skyscrapers. The view in our lead photo was to the southeast, where the Harbor begets the Patapsco River, which in turn heads onward toward Chesapeake Bay.


The view to the northeast. I believe the complex in the center of the horizon is Johns Hopkins.

Central Business District!

To the north and northwest, the Central Business District, where all of Baltimore’s other skyscrapers cluster.

West Baltimore!

This way is the long drive to west Baltimore, home of the less consumer-friendly settings of The Wire and its predecessor The Corner. Up on the left I can barely make out Camden Yards.


To the south, fancy boats and Federal Hill.

Inner Harbor!

To the southwest, the edge of the approved tourism area. We ventured a bit beyond that over the next two days.

To be continued!

[Link enclosed here to handy checklist for other chapters and for our complete road trip history to date. Follow us on Facebook or via email signup for new-entry alerts, or over on Twitter if you want to track my TV live-tweeting and other signs of life between entries. Thanks for reading!]

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