Known as the ‘sailing capital of the world’, Annapolis sits on the exquisite Chesapeake Bay and is home to the US Naval Academy. Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, has beautiful natural surroundings and stunning architecture, including stately buildings. There is plenty of lively entertainment, with a hint of English charm permeating through the city.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport is around 32 kilometers from Annapolis. Domestic, international, and transatlantic services make up the 800 flights servicing the airport daily. A regular and reliable shuttle bus service travelling to the Naval Academy or your hotel will drop you off.
An extensive, safe and well signposted road network makes the city accessible by car. Travel along I-695 (Baltimore beltway) to I-97 south and then take US Route 50 east. From there, continue on to Rowe boulevard from US Route 50 to get downtown from points farther north of the city.
The longest serving State House in the country is the grand old Maryland State House, where the Old Senate Chamber features a statue of George Washington. The beautiful formal gardens and lavishly decorated interior of the 1765 William Paca House, as well as the stunning 1774 Hammond-Harwood House, are noteworthy examples of well-preserved buildings.
Frequent parades, sporting events and sheer grandeur make the US Naval Academy a popular jaunt. Here, you can witness the world’s largest dormitory with a capacity for over 4,000 midshipmen, an early submarine, and a Mark XIV torpedo commemorating the 3,505 men on board the 52 US submarines lost during WWII.
The Star Toys Museum, set in two rooms of a suburban house around 30 kilometers out of town, should not be missed and will please both children and adults. It is the world’s only Star Wars related toy museum with over 6,700 pieces in the collection. Also just 30 kilometers southwest of the city is Wild World, featuring an extensive water park, and over 50 rides plus shows.