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Annapolis Introduction

Handsomely located on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is feted for its spectacular natural beauty as well as its rich maritime heritage; the historic capital of Maryland is home to the United States Naval Academy, which has been training officers for active service since 1845. St. John’s College, one of the most prestigious liberal-arts institutions in the world, and the Maryland State House, the oldest of its kind still in continuous use in the US, are other notable landmarks, and this noble city has also been the location of many political milestones, from the Continental Congress of the American Revolution to the groundbreaking Middle East peace conference of 2007.

Hotels in Annapolis

Given its important role in the political and administrative life of the USA, this city is used to welcoming visitors, and Annapolis hotels are plentiful and varied. Vacationers will find plenty of mid-range inns and hotels in Annapolis downtown, providing comfortable bases for sightseeing and entertainment with no unnecessary frills. Business travelers are also generously catered for, with a wide choice of reliable national chains offering state-of-the-art facilities, meeting rooms, and free parking. Couples can choose to rekindle romance in a boutique waterfront establishment with historic sites nearby, and families can relax in the friendly ambience of a traditional B&B with all the home comforts.

Where to stay

The quaintly named Towne Centre is a great choice of location for a first-time visitor to Annapolis. This thoughtfully planned neighborhood provides multiple shopping, dining, and leisure options, plus hassle-free on-site parking. Go a little further east towards the Naval Academy and you’ll find the best selection of quirky boutique hotels in Annapolis; this area is also close to Annapolis’ charming marina and the area of Eastport—a laid-back maritime district on the opposite side of the harbor, known for its popular “Restaurant Row”, a group of seafood shacks and steakhouses.

Things to see

One of the must-see highlights of any visit to Annapolis is the Naval Academy, easily recognized by its dramatic copper dome dominating the city’s skyline. Take a guided tour of the campus to learn what it takes to train as a midshipman, then delve into the fascinating heritage of this historic institution at the USNA Museum, one of the Academy’s most popular attractions. Learn more about the influence of African American culture in Maryland at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, housed in the historic Mount Moriah Church, or enjoy original antiques and fine art from the late Colonial period in the Hammond-Harwood House, built in 1774 as the family home of a wealthy local farmer. Soak up the authentic 18th-century ambience of Main Street—a bustling thoroughfare of craft stores, galleries, bars, and ice-cream parlors leading down to picturesque Annapolis Harbor, with views of Chesapeake Bay in the distance.

How to get to Annapolis

ADOT provides bus travel in Annapolis, connecting the residential and commercial districts of downtown and its suburbs. MTA supplies bus routes to Baltimore and Washington, and the city has easy access to 3 international airports; Baltimore-Washington is a 30-minute drive away and serves the major global carriers, while Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles can also be reached in less than an hour. You can also follow in the wake of Naval officers and arrive in style into Annapolis City Marina by boat—book a slip in advance from the office at City Dock or take your chances at one of the city’s first-come, first-served piers.