Annapolis is situated on Chesapeake Bay, where charming brick houses and colonial buildings are framed by an attractive waterfront. This city has preserved its heritage and is known for its museums, memorials and as the site of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Things to do in Annapolis
For a dose of history, head to the Maryland State House, the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use. Tour the memorials on the grounds to see the Women’s Rights Memorial Tree and the USS Maryland Memorial and Bell, then head inside to browse the statue of Admiral Winfield Scott Schley, Maryland’s First Eight Hundred Volunteers and the memorial plaque honouring Matthew Henson.
Visit the U.S. Naval Academy where men and women are trained to be professional officers in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Enjoy a short video before taking a guided tour of the campus to learn about student life, admire the incredible history of the institution and take a peek into the chapel.
For a break from the urban bustle, head to Quiet Waters Park to enjoy scenic areas for biking, jogging and strolling. Rent a watercraft or go ice skating in winter, enjoy viewing deer and rabbits and admire the park’s exquisite foliage throughout the year.
Head to the Hammond Harwood House to see one of the finest remaining British Colonial homes in the country. Browse exquisite examples of decorative and fine arts, including furniture items from the Harwood family, paintings by Charles Willson Peale and 18th and 19th-century decorative pieces.
Getting around Annapolis
Although the best way to get around is by car, Annapolis has a collection of buses serving the downtown area. The city is less than 45 kilometres from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.