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    Visit Annapolis: a coastal village where time has stopped

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    Annapolis is one of the most distinctive and fascinating American towns on the East Coast. State capital of Maryland since 1694, Annapolis has preserved its ancient appearance almost unchanged, with its dense network of narrow and cobbled streets, old and picturesque brick houses, elegant cottages revisited in wood, improbable local knick-knacks and a characteristic harbor overlooking the Chesapeake Bay which, if we were not on the other side of the ocean, would give the illusion of being in one of the typical villages of the Ligurian Riviera.

    However, Annapolis is not just a suggestive coastal city: we are in fact talking about a fundamental place for the history of the United States, an important cultural center and, not to be underestimated, a great culinary tradition. So let's see what awaits us if we decide to visit Annapolis.


    • Maryland State House
    • The eighteenth-century houses of Annapolis
    • Museo Banneker-Douglass
    • Annapolis waterfront: Market House and US Naval Academy
    • Visiting Annapolis: Tips for Overnight
    • Culinary tips
    • To conclude ...

    Maryland State House

    As we have already said, Annapolis has played a fundamental role in American history, in particular in the War of Independence: here, in fact, the Treaty of Paris was ratified which, in 1784, put an end to the conflict and sanctioned the American right to self-determination.

    The room that served as the setting for this historical event is the Old Senate Chamber, inside the Maryland State House, the imposing Capitol built in 1779, where the National Legislative Assembly met for about 6 months and which still continues its activity today by hosting the Parliament of Maryland.

    A visit to this great historic building is absolutely recommended: here you can admire the beauty of the building, the majestic entrance hall, the aforementioned room of the old senate, the statue of George Washington (erected right where he left the office of military commander) and the adjacent Old Treasury Building.

    The eighteenth-century houses of Annapolis

    Walking through the typical cobbled streets of Annapolis can be really enjoyable. During the walk you can admire a series of historical buildings built in 1700:

    • Hammond-Harwood House (19 Maryland Avenue), built in 1774, open April to October (noon to 17pm with last visit at 16pm) and November to December (closing at 16pm), adult admission fee: $ 7.
    • Chase-Lloyd House (22 Maryland Avenue), built in 1774, open Monday through Saturday, free admission ticket.
    • William Paca House (186 Prince George Street), built in 1765, hours vary by season. The entrance ticket (10 dollars) includes the guided tour.
    • Historic Annapolis Foundation (18 Pinkney Street), a 1715 tavern that now offers a lot of information about the historic buildings of Annapolis.

    Museo Banneker-Douglass

    As mentioned, Annapolis is also an important center of culture; therefore do not miss the opportunity to make a leap to the Banneker-Douglass Musuem (84 Franklin Street), where you will see the largest collection of African American art and artifacts in the United States. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 4 and, in summer, on the first Sunday of the month. Admission is free.

    Annapolis waterfront: Market House and US Naval Academy

    The Annapolis waterfront marina is distinctly quaint and definitely worth a stroll. Precisely in this area you will find the Market House, built in 1850 and still active seat of the city market.

    Walking through the shops of the port you will surely come across the US Naval Academy, where United States Navy officers are trained. If you are interested in learning more about the topic, interesting guided tours are also available.

    Visiting Annapolis: Tips for Overnight

    Annapolis is well connected with other neighboring city centers via Greyhound coaches and the train.

    By car, the city is 30 minutes from Washington DC and Baltimore, so you can also decide to sleep outside the city (if so, don't miss our tips on where to sleep in Washington and what to see in Baltimore).

    Sleeping in Annapolis itself can also be a great idea, the stay can be truly enjoyable and relaxing. A particularly recommended property is Historic Inns of Annapolis, where you can rest in a charming Georgian-style house. Alternatively, take a look at this list of hotels in the city.

    Culinary tips

    In Annapolis, you can eat well, which will further enrich your stay here. We are in Chesapeake Bay, the coast famous for its delicious fish and the typical blue crabs of the area. If you stop for lunch or dinner you absolutely must not miss the Maryland crab cake, the typical dish of the area.

    Any advice on where to eat it? To the informal Chick and Ruth’s Delly (165 Main Street). If you are looking for something more refined, go to the Wine 909 (909 Bay Ridge Avenue), a great restaurant nestled in a residential neighborhood; one of my best dinners in the USA!

    To conclude ...

    In short, Annapolis has all the necessary ingredients to represent an excellent stop on a tour in the United States: history, culture, nature, the aesthetic appeal of the city and good food. Really surprising that it is so little present on the most common US tourist routes.

    Last tip: if you pass by Annapolis take the opportunity to continue east to explore Eastern Shore, a remote and unknown area but full of surprises!

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