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Annapolis Travel – Beauty & Seafood on the Chesapeake Bay

Posted on | June 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Annapolis Travel – Beauty & Seafood on the Chesapeake Bay

Article by Roddy Freeman

If Washington, DC or Baltimore is in your travel plans, a side trip to Annapolis could just take your vacation to the next level. In fact, Annapolis is such a treasure, it’s worth a long weekend or short vacation of its own.

Annapolis, Maryland’s state capital, has a lot going for it. It’s bordered by the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay, making the surroundings stunningly beautiful. It’s packed with history, having one of the nation’s highest concentrations of 18th-century buildings, 50 of which predate the Revolutionary War. Finally, Annapolis is the very heart of Chesapeake Bay seafood country, and crab cakes, crab soup and whole crabs are readily available.

Annapolis radiates from the City Dock, at the foot of downtown, which opens up to the picturesque harbor with hundreds of boats. The U.S. Naval Academy sits adjacent to the north side of the harbor, adding to the nautical ambiance. The City Dock is the beginning of West Street, the town’s main business thoroughfare, which is lined with restaurants and quaint shops. To the north, south and west of West Street are scenic blocks lined with beautiful historic homes.

On State Circle, a short walk from the Dock, sits the Maryland State House, the oldest state capitol in continuous use. The building is steeped in history. The U.S. Congress sat here in 1783-1784, and it’s where George Washington resigned as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. And the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was signed here.

The U.S. Naval Academy is a must-see sight for Annapolis visitors. It spans 329 waterfront acres on the Severn River. Men and women from around the world undergo rigorous academic study and training here. The Academy’s centerpiece is the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, which is topped with a bright copper-clad dome. Under the dome lies the crypt of John Paul Jones, the Revolutionary War officer best known for the quote, “I have not yet begun to fight.” The best place to start is the USNA Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, whose exhibits include a mock-up of a midshipman’s room and the Freedom 7 space capsule flown by Alan Shepard, an Academy graduate. Guided walking tours of the Naval Academy leave from the Center.

Some other Annapolis attractions worth seeing are the William Paca House and Garden, the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Hammond-Harwood House. It’s worth the short drive to beautiful Edgewater, Maryland, just outside Annapolis, to visit Historic London Town and Gardens on the South River.

An excellent way to get a feel for Annapolis is Discover Annapolis Tours, which take place on a trolley and last an hour. The tours cost and leave from the Visitor Center at Northwest and Calvert Streets.

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