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

Hampton Inn & Suites Annapolis
Hampton Inn & Suites Annapolis
2.5 out of 5
124 Womack Dr, Annapolis, MD, 21401
The price is $112 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Annapolis. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (985 reviews)
"Close of everything. Nice and clean"

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites Annapolis
Graduate Annapolis
Graduate Annapolis
4 out of 5
126 West St, Annapolis, MD, 21401
The price is $132 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Annapolis. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (964 reviews)
"Will be coming back!"

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Historic Inns of Annapolis
Historic Inns of Annapolis
3.5 out of 5
58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD, 21401
The price is $134 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 3.5-star historic hotel in Annapolis. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,093 reviews)
"Location!"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Historic Inns of Annapolis
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Waterfront Oasis of Annapolis Gold
Waterfront Oasis of Annapolis Gold
Annapolis, MD
The price is $295 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this vacation home in Annapolis. Enjoy an outdoor pool, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Annapolis City Dock and Chesapeake Bay Bridge are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great vacation
"The hosts are super nice and welcoming. The location is a short drive to the beach. The RV was nice. The pool is awesome. And we learned to wakeboard."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Waterfront Oasis of Annapolis Gold
Welcome Aboard the Back of the Moon
Welcome Aboard the Back of the Moon
Annapolis, MD
Stay at this houseboat in Annapolis. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Annapolis City Dock and Westfield Annapolis Mall are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Excellent Weekend Getaway
"My husband and I had a great weekend staying on Dean’s houseboat. The marina is in a quiet, tucked away part of Eastport. It was within walking distance of top-notch local restaurants (Boatyard Bar & Grill, Carrol’s Creek Cafe) and also close to downtown Annapolis. The boat itself was very clean ..."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Welcome Aboard the Back of the Moon
Eastport Cottage .5 mi from Downtown Annapolis
Eastport Cottage .5 mi from Downtown Annapolis
Annapolis, MD
Stay at this vacation home in Annapolis. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Annapolis City Dock and Westfield Annapolis Mall ...
5/5 Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Perfect!
"Loved our stay in East Port. The bungalow was clean, very well appointed, and extremely comfortable. Walking distance to everything - a 5-minute walk to the circle with pubs, restaurants, and USNA gate 1 - yet nestled in a quiet neighborhood."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Eastport Cottage .5 mi from Downtown Annapolis
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