Spending Time in Annapolis

Spending Time in AnnapolisKnown 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.

Northwest of the city lies Baltimore-Washington International airport, around 32kms from Annapolis and the nearest to the city. Domestic, international, and trans-Atlantic services make up the 800 flights servicing the airport daily.

A convenient way of traveling to and around the city is by bus, with Baltimore, Washington D.C., College Ave, Harry S. Truman Park, Rowe Boulevard and various other places in the town center serviced during weekdays. Major centers across the Eastern Seaboard are serviced by Greyhound.

An extensive, safe and well signposted road network makes arriving by car relatively easy. Travel along the I-695 (the Baltimore beltway) to I-97 south and then U.S. Route 50 east, then onto Rowe Boulevard from U.S. Route 50 to get downtown from points further north of the city. Take U.S. Route 50 east off the Washington beltway (I-495) to Rowe Boulevard from Washington D.C.

The longest serving state house in the country is the grand old Maryland State House whose Old Senate Chamber features a statue of George Washington.

The city has a scattering of 18th-century buildings from the days when Annapolis was the cultural center of colonial America. 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, as is the country’s third oldest institution of higher learning – St John’s College, founded in 1696.

Frequent parades, sporting events, and sheer grandeur make the U.S. Naval Academy a popular jaunt. Witness the world’s largest dormitory with a capacity for over 4000 midshipmen and an early submarine and a Mark XIV torpedo commemorating the 3505 men on board the 52 U.S. submarines lost during WWII.

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