Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and perhaps one of the more exciting of the small state capital cities. It is certainly not just another ‘big’ small town. And there is more to it than being the home of the United States Naval Academy. Annapolis was once even the Capital of the United States (1783–1784).
The city was founded in 1649 as “Town at Proctor” and later renamed Annapolis after Princess Anne, soon to be the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain which existed from 1707 to 1801. Annapolis became the temporary capital of the United States after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783 and where George Washington resigned as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army that same year. The Maryland State Capitol Building is the oldest in continuous legislative use in the United States. Walk along the old brick sidewalks much as George Washington or Thomas Jefferson did. And amazingly, if you squint your eyes, you will see a city which looks very similar to what our Founding Fathers saw in their day. Architecturally, Annapolis boasts some of the finest 18th and 19th Century buildings in the country, including the residences of all four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence.
The United States Naval Academy is located on the waterfront in the heart of Annapolis. Walking tours of the Academy are available. Annapolis is also the sailing capital of the United States so one may want to go sailing while there. It’s easy enough to do with many commercial sailing cruises available.
If you enjoy eclectic browsing, there are many, many shops for all tastes in historic downtown Annapolis and it is very easy to just take a walk and look around at all there is to see. And when you get hungry from all that walking, Annapolis is full of good restaurants but especially good are the fresh Chesapeake Bay seafood eateries. Steamed crabs are a favorite but so are lots of local, freshly-caught seafood choices. One aspect of Annapolis dining may surprise visitors. Annapolis has a very lively night life and jumping bars. In the day time these bars are often the restaurants serving the great Maryland food and when the sun sets, turn up the music and become packed bars. It can be a bit unnerving to visitors having lunch at a great restaurant that happens to serve some drinks and hoping to be back for dinner, only to find a packed bar that might happen to serve some food. I had an uncle who taught at the Naval Academy, so when I say Annapolis can be fun, well, I tried to visit there as often as I could.
“Annapolis lies within the humid subtropical climate zone, with hot summers and cool winters. Low elevation and proximity to the Chesapeake Bay give the area more moderate temperatures, with warmer winter temperatures and cooler summer temperatures than locations further inland, such as Washington, DC.” – Climate summary from Wikipedia
Annapolis is a safe city. Normal precautions apply.
Annapolis population is 36,524 (2008).
1 is the international calling code for the United States.
410, 443 are the area codes for Annapolis.
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