Complete your Atlantic coast vacation with a visit to Annapolis, a charming historic city on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is within driving distance of many popular U.S. travel destinations, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York City and Philadelphia. The area is also accessible from three international airports: Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Washington-Dulles International Airport and Reagan International Airport.
During colonial times, this bustling seaport welcomed trade ships from all over the world and was the capital of the United States. As you stroll along quaint brick sidewalks and admire the well-preserved architecture of Annapolis, it’s easy to imagine life during the days of America’s founding fathers. In fact, the residences of all four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence are located here. Two of them – the Charles Carroll House and the Chase-Lloyd House – are open for public tours.
The Bay is still an important part of life in Annapolis today. With one glance at all the boats gliding along the water, sails billowing, you’ll understand why people travel to the city nicknamed “America’s Sailing Capital.” Annapolis is also home to the United States Naval Academy.
Our Annapolis travel guides and brochures point out several ways to explore the many Annapolis attractions. Travel back in time with a historic tour in a horse-drawn carriage or a guided walk with the Annapolis Towne Crier. For a decidedly modern twist, sightsee on a Segway. Or, for a truly “otherworldly” experience, join an Annapolis Ghost Tour. Whether you choose the family-friendly Walking Ghost Tour or the adults-only Haunted Pub Crawl, you’ll gain an entirely new insight into the spirit – and spirits – of Annapolis!
Tour this beautiful seaport city by water, from the deck of the 74-foot schooner Woodwind. Two-hour cruises (available from April into October) sail past the U.S. Naval Academy and into Chesapeake Bay.
Love shellfish? Nearly four million steamed crabs are cracked here each year. Feast on this delicacy at Mike’s Crab House, or visit in August for the Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast, the largest crab festival in the world.
Annapolis is the home of the United States Naval Academy, training ground for officers of the Navy and Marine Corps. Tours explore the chapel, with its massive pipe organ, the crypt of John Paul Jones and (on weekdays during the academic year) midshipmen in noon formation.
Annapolis has numerous guided tour options. Two especially appealing choices: a food and history tour led by Capital City Colonials in period attire, and a docent-led visit to the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse (circa 1875).