Annapolis
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Once the national capital of the United States, Annapolis is a quintessential nautical city located on the Chesapeake Bay, and is full of history and naval significance.

Annapolis

Take a walk-through History

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Annapolis is home to more 18th-century brick structures than any other U.S. city, making a walk in Annapolis a walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers. Stroll down the cobblestoned streets and stop by buildings once frequented by Thomas Jefferson or George Washington at the Colonial Annapolis Historic District, a living reminder of the cities’ historic past. Today, Annapolis functions as the capital city of the state of Maryland and houses the Maryland General Assembly, and the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Serious Maritime Vibes

When the founders of the United States Naval Academy were looking for a suitable location, it was rumored that they decided to move the naval school to "the healthy and secluded" location of Annapolis in order to rescue midshipmen from "the temptations and distractions that necessarily connect with a large and populous city." Although the city has blossomed into a hub of politics and attractions that can hardly be described as “secluded” today, the naval academy remains one of the city's most popular attractions. Tour the Naval Academy’s campus and museum to learn about how this esteemed institution trains it's about 4,500 enrollees annually, then build on that knowledge at Annapolis Maritime Museum. Afterwards, hear the nearby Main Street for many options of restaurants and boutiques with local fare.

A modern hub with something for everyone

Annapolis offers much more beyond a nostalgia and Naval history. You can visit any of the about 25 art galleries in downtown Annapolis or Catch a performance by Annapolis Shakespeare or enjoy a night with the Annapolis Symphony. For the Adventure seeker, head to the water for a day of fun on the bay where you can try your hand at SUP yoga, kayaking or even stand Up paddle boarding.

For the foodie Annapolis’ many pubs and restaurants including some that date back to the 18th century, offer Maryland seafood specialties from the Chesapeake Bay. Many also offer buy-local and farm-to-table menus that spotlight delicacies from the City’s and surrounding farms, wineries and craft breweries.

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