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Baltimore's Inner Harbor Ranked Among Top Waterfront Destinations In The World

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- The city's Inner Harbor takes a top spot in the heart of many Baltimoreans. A new study finds that it has some international admirers as well.

One of the world's premiere travel guides has just placed Charm City on a list of its favorites.

Gigi Barnett has more.

In this kind of weather, Baltimore's waterfront beckons. You can cruise on the water, see panoramic views and watch history in motion. Researchers at Fodor's Travel didn't skip Baltimore when they set out to create their top waterfront cities in the world.

"The whole waterfront is absolutely gorgeous. The way the skyline is at night when everything's lit up against the water, you can't get that anywhere else," said Jamie Denoia, Baltimore resident.

But look at the harbor. Is anyone really surprised?

"Not really. Cause I would bring my friends here if they were able to visit the states," said Julian Yebes, Baltimore visitor.

Spaniard Julian Yebes has been to several European cities on the list.

"Rotterdam in Holland. Bristol in England," he said.

It's the weather that bring him back to Baltimore.

"The weather is great, even though you have some storms sometimes, still you can enjoy," he said.

The McClendons are in Baltimore celebrating their family reunion. They gave the city's ranking a standing ovation. They say the views here don't exist in Gaston, Alabama.

"We don't have it. All of this. We don't have it," they said.

"That's what's so great about this is to be in that company of Lisbon and Venice and Cape Town," said Sam Rogers, executive vice president of Visit Baltimore.

Rogers believes Charm City will attract even more attention worldwide because of its history and redevelopment.

"People talk about the Inner Harbor being one of the first major redevelopments of a waterfront area and creating this landscape that we have now. So it's wonderful to be in that company," Rogers said.

Baltimore is just one of three U.S. cities that made the list. The others were New Orleans and San Francisco.

The destination that ranked the highest on the list of "Best Waterfront Cities" was Venice.

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