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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. 

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, also known as the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge, is an icon of the city. Brave the long drive across this magnificent engineering marvel, which measures over 4 miles (7 kilometers) in length and offers fantastic views of the bay for any lucky passengers who don’t have to concentrate on the road ahead.

Constructed from the late 1940s to early 1950s, the bridge was at the time of its opening in 1952 the longest over-water steel bridge in the world. It was considered to be an engineering masterpiece. Use the bridge to get from Maryland’s capital of Annapolis to Queen Anne’s County on the eastern shore. 

Read about the bridge in the media as being “one of the world’s scariest,” because of its height, length, inclines, transparent railings and disconcerting views down to the water. The bridge is also frequently subject to bad weather, including wind, rain and storms, which can reduce visibility and thus make driving here even more challenging. 

If you aren’t brave enough to drive yourself, hire someone to drive for you. Local companies offer the assistance of experienced drivers who will take the wheel while you enjoy views from the backseat. Hiring a driver will leave you free to marvel at the views out across the bay. Depending on what side of the car you sit on and in which direction the vehicle is going, you may also be able to see the second parallel span of the bridge out the backseat window. 

The bridge is open only to vehicles and not to pedestrians. If you want to cross it on foot, time your visit to coincide with the Across the Bay 10K. This annual event invites participants to run, jog or walk along a route that encompasses the bridge and measures just over 6 miles (10 kilometers).

Note that the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has a one-way toll for drivers traveling eastbound. Cars traveling westbound are not required to pay. Purchase an E-ZPass to speed up the toll-paying process.


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1542 Whitehall Rd, Annapolis, MD
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Annapolis, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Sandy Point State Park and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Sandy Point Beach is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away.

    Historic Inns of Annapolis $108
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    Historic Inns of Annapolis

    58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 within 10 minutes.

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      Annapolis home with many amenities

      Annapolis home with many amenities

      1013 Magothy Park Ln, Annapolis, MD
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the suburbs, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Sandy Point State Park, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and Sandy Point Beach. U.S. Naval Academy and Westfield Annapolis Mall are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Endless views of the Chesapeake Bay. This dramatic home features soaring ceilings, spacious living areas and architectural details you should expect in a luxury home.
        Endless views of the Chesapeake Bay. This dramatic home features soaring ceilings, spacious living areas and architectural details you should expect in a luxury home.

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        1403 Bay Head Road, Annapolis, MD
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars
          Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Autograph Collection $161
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          Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Autograph Collection

          80 Compromise St, Annapolis, MD
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of William Paca House, Maryland State House, and Hammond-Harwood House. U.S. Naval Academy is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

            The Westin Annapolis $111
            The Westin Annapolis

            The Westin Annapolis

            100 Westgate Cir, Annapolis, MD
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              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 are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              The Inn at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club $189
              The Inn at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

              The Inn at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

              180 Pier One Road, Stevensville, MD
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Stevensville, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sandy Point State Park, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and Sandy Point Beach. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center and Queenstown Premium Outlets are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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                1811 Johnson Rd., Annapolis, MD
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars