Annapolis, Maryland’s capital city, is on Chesapeake Bay. Its historic district includes 18th-century brick houses and the domed 1700s Maryland State House. On Church Circle, the Romanesque-style St. Anne’s Episcopal Church has Tiffany glass windows and a historic cemetery. The sprawling waterfront grounds of the United States Naval Academy feature beaux arts architecture, monuments and a naval history museum.Annapolis is also a sailing and boating capital. Annapolis is home to a large fleet of sailboats and power boats sheltered at the many area marinas. Annapolis has a vibrant maritime industry from watermen who continue the family heritage of plying the Chesapeake for fish, crab and oysters, to sail makers and boat architects working on the latest innovations for the America’s Cup races.
Annapolis lies at the center of an area rich in cultural, historical and outdoor activities. There is a wealth of options for day trips from Annapolis.
Annapolis is within easy reach of the many attractions of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the largest city in Maryland. Annapolis is also the gateway to the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Route 50 passes by Annapolis, over the architectural masterpiece of the 4.3 mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge and on through the historic towns of Easton and Cambridge, before ending near the boardwalk in Ocean City, the largest resort in the Mid-Atlantic. For information on Ocean City hotels, vacation rentals, dining and entertainment visit OceanCity.com.
Maryland is a small state, (the 42nd biggest in the Union), so that no part of it is more than a day trip from Annapolis, which lies near the center of the state. While Annapolis is close to major metropolitan areas, it is well suited as a base for enjoying the outdoor activities found throughout the state. In Annapolis itself, you can charter a sailboat or take a ferry across the bay or enjoy a leisurely stroll at Quiet Waters Park. Maryland is full of opportunities of enjoying the outdoors by hiking, biking, birding, kayaking, horseback riding, fossil hunting and even skiing at Wisp mountain in Western Maryland.