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Step Back in Time in a Historic Town on Chesapeake Bay

From its start as a Puritan settlement in the 1600s, Annapolis has played a strong role in our nation’s history. A walk in Annapolis is a walk back in time. Buildings from the Colonial Period and Revolutionary Era line the cobblestone streets of this picturesque town on the Chesapeake Bay.

The heart of historic Annapolis can be found at the Maryland State House, which served as the United States capital for a short time and continues to serve as the state capital to this day. Its impressive wooden dome rises high above the city and can be viewed from the harbor. Visitors can take informational tours and observe the state legislature in action.

History comes to life at churches and residences from bygone eras. A quiet reverence can be found in St. Anne’s Church, which dates to the 1600s and has colorful Tiffany stained glass windows. Upon entering St. Mary’s Catholic Church, visitors are wowed by soaring ceilings painted a deep blue and adorned with stars. The Hammond-Harwood House is an architectural and historic gem. While the William Paca House offers tours of the home’s interior, its lush gardens outside attract the most attention. Walking tours with costumed Colonial hosts offer an educational way to explore Annapolis.


A Waterfront Town

The Severn River meets the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis. With colorful buildings overlooking the waterfront, the historic downtown district is a picture perfect place to stroll. The Annapolis City Dock offers restaurants and shops, as well as many places to relax and watch the watercraft glide across the bay. Since the town has been called the sailing capital of the world, visitors may be tempted to get on the water, either by renting a boat or kayak or hopping onboard a touring vessel.

A visit to the waterfront is not complete without a stop at the United States Naval Academy. This institution dates back to 1845 and is still a functioning military service academy. Visitors will find historic sites from a time when the grounds served as a fort, as well as a number of buildings utilized by today’s cadets. The museum in Preble Hall showcases the school’s historic roots, while the soaring Naval Academy Chapel is an inspirational stop. A walk along the U.S. Naval Academy Bridge offers picturesque views of the entire city.


Explore the Outdoors

Annapolis provides many ways to explore the outdoors. Jonas Green State Park’s fishing pier is a popular spot to toss in a line, while Sandy Point State Park offers a place to hop in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For fun on wheels, the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail is a converted railroad route with 13 miles to bike or hike. This connects to other trails in the region, allowing for longer excursions.

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