The moment you enter Historic Annapolis, life seems to slow. It’s as if history is yanking at your heels and hindering your pace, so you might pause and absorb the past. Indeed, Queen Anne lent her name to the city way back at the start of the 18th century, and it’s retained its courtly status for more than 300 years, attracting visitors to its Colonial architecture and cobblestone walks.
Perched on Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis revolves around the city’s rich maritime traditions. It’s home to the US Naval Academy, whose ‘middies’ (midshipmen students) stroll through town in their starched white uniforms. Sailing is not just a hobby here but a way of life, and the city docks are crammed with vessels of all shapes and sizes. Annapolis is a friendly, walkable town. Tour the state capital with its soaring dome and walk the halls where George Washington and the founding fathers ended the Revolutionary War. Or just find a seat in a café along Ego Alley and watch the yachts.
With its historic sights, water adventures and great dining and shopping, Annapolis is worthy of more than a day trip – try for at least two if you can.