Annapolis is a charming, quaint nautical town with historical architecture, a thriving harbor with boutiques and shops and a laid-back, relaxing character. Though conveniently located near Baltimore and Washington DC, Annapolis and its 35,000 residents have retained Annapolis’ small-town appeal.As the home of the United States Naval Academy and the First peace-time capitol of the United States of America, it is an inspiring place to learn some American history and sightsee. Annapolis is famous for its historical love for the water and sea-faring. Boosting an active harbor, sailing lessons, and fishing boat charters, Annapolis provides multiple opportunities for visitors to venture onto Chesapeake and enjoy the nautical spirit. Land lubbers will take pleasure in Annapolis’ pedestrian-friendly downtown. Visitors stroll down the main streets, browse at area shops and handicraft stores, or take an organized walking tour in order to learn about Annapolis’ rich colonial history. The State House, renovated colonial townhouses and Navy campus are all essential ‘must-sees’ to complete the Annapolis touring experience. Others choose to roll up their sleeves and relish some of the region’s famous fresh crabs and seafood at one of the traditional seafood haunts on Main Street. After a satisfying meal, revelers enjoy kicking back with a brew at the numerous ale houses and Irish pubs throughout the downtown.