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Annapolis, MD
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Annapolis

See sailing regattas, naval officers and red brick colonial mansions in the state of Maryland’s attractive capital city.

Annapolis is a laid-back place of narrow cobblestone streets, 18th-century brick buildings and colonial mansions and a proud naval heritage. Although now home to many high-tech industries, the city has retained its historic charm.

Situated on the south bank of the Severn River, the state capital of Maryland has been the center of marine activities for years. It’s a port and the site of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Annapolis was founded in 1649 by Puritan settlers and renamed Annapolis in 1694 after Princess Anne of Denmark and Norway. For 9 months between 1783 and 1784 it served as the nation’s first peacetime capital after the American Revolutionary War.

Make City Dock your first port of call. It’s the heart of the city’s waterfront. Walk along the promenade to view the boats, peruse the shops and dine in the restaurants and bars. Walk on the dock to see the memorial of Kunta Kinte’s arrival from Africa in 1767. His story was told in Alex Haley’s novel Roots.

The U.S. Naval Academy was founded here in 1845. Within its walls future naval officers undergo 4 years of training. Take a guided tour of the grounds where you’ll learn about the history of the academy and its traditions. Visit the U.S. Naval Academy History Museum and view medals, swords and multimedia presentations that chart the history of sea power and the development of the U.S. Navy.

Gain further insights into Annapolis’s history at Maryland State House, the oldest state house in the United States that’s still in legislative use. Stop by Chase-Lloyd House, the Georgian brick mansion that was constructed for Samuel Chase, one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence.

Annapolis is the gateway to Chesapeake Bay, and its shoreline is dotted with marinas. Get out on the water with a day cruise or charter your own boat. You can also rent canoes, kayaks and pedal boats. If you don’t want to get on the water you can enjoy it from land by watching one of the sailing races. From the end of April to early September there are sailboat races every Wednesday night. More than 150 boats sail around several markers in the bay before heading for the finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club.

Annapolis is less than an hour’s drive from Washington D.C. and is a popular daytrip destination for visitors to the nation’s capital.

Where to stay in Annapolis

Graduate Annapolis
Graduate Annapolis
4 out of 5
126 West St, Annapolis, MD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $103 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in the heart of Annapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Annapolis Civil Rights Plaque and Annapolis City Dock. U.S. Naval Academy and Westfield ...
4.4/5Excellent! (983 reviews)
"Excellent stay at The Graduate. Location was terrific. We parked our car and everything was in walking distance for three days - dining, shopping, attractions. Front desk very friendly with great recommendations for dining. Room was very comfortable with quality furnishings."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Graduate Annapolis
Historic Inns of Annapolis
Historic Inns of Annapolis
3.5 out of 5
58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD
The price is $109 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Historic District, this historic hotel is steps from Maryland State House and William Paca House. St. John's College and U.S. Naval Academy are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (943 reviews)
"Beautiful property, spacious gorgeously decorated rooms, comfortable beds and pillows."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Historic Inns of Annapolis
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis
3.5 out of 5
210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD
The price is $112 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated in a regional park, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Westfield Annapolis Mall, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and Dr. Aris T. Allen Memorial. Broad ...
4.2/5Very Good! (979 reviews)
"Rooms were large and clean and quiet. Loved the shuttle Didn’t like that bar and restaurant weren’t open more"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cozy Place Close to the City Dock
Cozy Place Close to the City Dock
Annapolis, MD
The price is $99 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in the heart of Annapolis, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Anne Arundel Medical Center and Westfield Annapolis Mall. Dr. Aris T. Allen ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Easy short drive to downtown Annapolis
"Apartment is small, but clean and comfortable. Easy 7-8 minute shot down to Annapolis."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Cozy Place Close to the City Dock
Anchor's Away in the Heart of Eastport!
Anchor's Away in the Heart of Eastport!
Annapolis, MD
Located in Eastport, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Annapolis Maritime Museum and Annapolis City Dock. U.S. Naval Academy is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great location, clean space
"The property was nice and clean and in a great location walking distance from downtown Annapolis. The upstairs neighbors during our stay were pretty noisy until a little after midnight, which was fine for us, but might be an issue for anyone who calls it a night early."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Anchor's Away in the Heart of Eastport!
Downtown Annapolis Oasis
Downtown Annapolis Oasis
Annapolis, MD
Located in Historic District, this historic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Spa Creek and Annapolis City Dock. U.S. Naval Academy is 0.8 mi (1.4 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great location and outdoor area
"Truthfully the pictures don’t do this property justice! Majority of our time was spent outback on the deck or walking around downtown. The location is great- within a short walk to downtown. The street that the property is on is adorable and quiet, very close to water. Michelina responded to questions ..."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Downtown Annapolis Oasis
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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