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.
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.
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.
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.
To be continued!
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