About Annapolis and Southern Maryland
The past is never far away from the present among the coves, rivers, and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay's lesser-known western shore. In the lively port of Annapolis, Colonial Maryland continues to assert itself. Today "Crabtown," as the state capital is sometimes called, has one of the highest concentrations of 18th-century buildings in the nation, including more than 50 that predate the Revolutionary War.The region's counties—Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's—have been supported since their 17th-century founding through tobacco fields and fishing fleets. More recently, the northern parts of the counties have emerged as prime residential satellites for the Annapolis–Baltimore–D.C. metro triangle; but despite the subdivisions and concomitant shopping centers, southern Maryland maintains much of its rural character. With the exception of the fair-weather getaway enclave Solomons Island and the archaeological site-in-progress Historic St. Mary's City, the region remains largely undiscovered. All the better for travelers who come to enjoy stunning water vistas, miles of scenic roads, dozens of historic sites, and a plethora of inns and bed-and-breakfasts on the water, in tiny towns, and in the fields and woodlands of its unspoiled countryside.
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Things You Can't Miss
Annapolis’ dock lures so many big luxury boats from the Chesapeake that it’s known as Ego Alley. Hop aboard the Miss Anne for a harbor tour.
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The Maryland State House briefly served as the U.S. capitol. Take in the historic building and its great views of downtown and the bay.
Take a guided tour of the U.S. Naval Academy and see naval history unfold at Preble Hall. Noon Formation of the midshipmen is an impressive sight.
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Sampling the local cuisine can be an adventure in some countries, but if you aren't up for scorpion or tarantula, there are some delicious alternatives.
Cool your toes in the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park. There’s a great view of the Bay Bridge, which stretches to Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
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