AnnapolisUnited States of America

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

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Historic District

5/5Exceptional!(83 area reviews)

While visiting Historic District, you might make a stop by sights like Annapolis City Dock and Maryland State House.

Historic District
Old pier

Arundel on the Bay

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Arundel on the Bay and surrounding area, you can visit Annapolis City Dock and Maryland Quiet Waters Park.

Arundel on the Bay
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West Annapolis

When in West Annapolis, you can plan a visit to Annapolis City Dock and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

West Annapolis
Maryland Quiet Waters Park featuring a garden and a house

Hillsmere

While there might not be top attractions in Hillsmere, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Maryland Quiet Waters Park and Annapolis City Dock.

Hillsmere
Oyster Harbor: Annapolis, MD

Oyster Harbor

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Oyster Harbor and surrounding area, you can visit Maryland Quiet Waters Park and Annapolis City Dock.

Oyster Harbor

Top Hotels in Annapolis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Historic Inns of Annapolis
Historic Inns of Annapolis
3.5 out of 5
58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD
The price is $107 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (970 reviews)

"The room was large and very clean. Very comfortable bedding. Great quiet location. Easy to social distance at this hotel!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Historic Inns of Annapolis
The Westin Annapolis
The Westin Annapolis
4 out of 5
100 Westgate Cir, Annapolis, MD
The price is $111 per night

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spa Creek and Annapolis City Dock. U.S. Naval Academy and Westfield Annapolis Mall ...

4.3/5Excellent! (797 reviews)

"Had a wonderful stay would definitely recommend this hotel. Great staff very knowledgeable of the area and couldn’t be more helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

The Westin Annapolis
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis
3.5 out of 5
210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD
The price is $105 per night

Situated in a regional park, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Westfield Annapolis Mall, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and Broad Creek Marsh. Maryland Hall ...

4.1/5Very Good! (981 reviews)

"Staff was great! Room was clean. No issues and the hotel did a good job accommodating during this covid crisis"…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis

Popular places to visit in Annapolis

U.S. Naval Academy
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U.S. Naval Academy

See where future generations of Navy and Marine Corps officers are trained at this historic federal service academy within a former fort in Annapolis harbor.

Annapolis City Dock
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Annapolis City Dock

When you visit Annapolis City Dock, a favorite shopping spot in Annapolis, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Wander the college campus and waterfront in the area.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge
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Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Attempt the nerve-racking drive across this long and notoriously scary bridge, which provides fabulous views of Chesapeake Bay for passengers. 

Sandy Point State Park
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Sandy Point State Park

Sunbathe on the beach, enjoy unrivaled views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and go hiking, swimming, fishing and boating in this vast park. 

Maryland State House
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Maryland State House

Appreciate the superb architecture and fascinating history of America’s first peacetime capitol and the oldest state capitol still in legislative use.

Kunta Kinte–Alex Haley Memorial
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Kunta Kinte–Alex Haley Memorial

This moving memorial marks the spot where Kunta Kinte, the ancestor of author Alex Haley, was brought from Africa and sold into slavery.

Top things to do in Annapolis

Historic Annapolis Food Tour
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Historic Annapolis Food Tour

$70
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Wine Tasting Tour of the Heritage Region
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Wine Tasting Tour of the Heritage Region

$95
Per adult
Annapolis Scavenger Hunt: Red Bricks & Blue Views
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Annapolis Scavenger Hunt: Red Bricks & Blue Views

$20
Per adult
DC at Dusk Night Tour
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DC at Dusk Night Tour

$58
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Washington DC African American Heritage Tour/Ticket to MAAHC
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Washington DC African American Heritage Tour/Ticket to MAAHC

$82
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Private Overnight Boat Experience in Annapolis from Edgewater
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Private Overnight Boat Experience in Annapolis from Edgewater

$1,440
Per adult

Reviews of Annapolis

4.6

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 23, 2020

Wasn't there to visit the area

4/5 - Good

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Mar 18, 2020

Pretty, historic community.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

I really enjoyed Annapolis and will probably come back to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

I lived in Maryland for nearly 40 yrs. I am familiar with the area. It's definitely alot more crowded

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Great town to visit and live

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

Annapolis is a great combination of history and modern facilities. There is lots of shopping, quality restaurants and it is close to both Baltimore and Washington DC. Never a lack of things to do in the area.

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