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Annapolis is a charming, quaint nautical town with historical architecture, a thriving harbor with specialty shops and a laid-back, relaxing character. As soon a visitors arrive in Annapolis, they relax as they breathe in the cool salty air, traipse through its quiet, tree-lined streets and watch the boats docked at the harbor, swaying gently in the wind.
Though it is an easy day trip from Baltimore and Washington DC, Annapolis and its 35,000 residents have retained a small-town appeal. As the home of the United States Naval Academy and the first peace-time capitol of the United States, 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. With a friendly but active harbor, sailing lessons, and fishing boat charters, Annapolis provides multiple opportunities for sea-loving visitors to venture onto the Chesapeake Bay and enjoy the nautical spirit. Land lubbers will enjoy browsing the options in Annapolis’ pedestrian-friendly downtown. Visitors stroll down the main streets, browse at area shops and handicraft stores, or take a guided walking or trolley tour to learn about the rich colonial history. The State House, renovated colonial mansions and Navy Academy campus are all essential ‘must-sees’ to complete the Annapolis 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 pubs throughout the downtown.