Annapolis, Maryland, skillfully integrates the early United States with 21st-century technology to become a popular vacation destination. An Annapolis vacation doesn't only allow you a chance to see the capitol of Maryland, but this thriving small city on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay is also very close to both Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Any trip to Annapolis has to start with a trip to the Maryland State House, which was built in 1772 and is the current State Capitol. The State House was the first peacetime capitol after the Revolutionary War, and a walk around gives a glimpse into the country's history. You can head over to the United States Naval Academy, which is located by many hotels in Annapolis, MD. Take a walk around campus and go to Michie Stadium in the fall for a football game. Annapolis' naval history can also be seen at Preble Hall, which has pictures depicting both American and European naval history, and by seeing the NSS Annapolis transmitters. Annapolis is the home of the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Kunte Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, both of which are powerful displays of African-American history. If you're the outdoorsy type, Quiet Waters Park offers activities from biking, bird watching, and ice skating in the winter.
Annapolis is known for its tasty seafood. The best places to find seafood delights, such as crab cakes and oysters with Old Bay seasoning, is along West Street or by the Spa Creek shore south of downtown. The Loretta Heights area is where to go for Mexican food and is near Annapolis hotels. The best nightlife is along the waterfront, whether you are looking to grab a pint in a pub or are looking for cocktails and live music.
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