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Annapolis is the capital of Maryland, a state of the United States of America. The city is a part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, It is situated on the Severn River about 2 miles from its entrance into Chesapeake Bay, 26 miles South by East from Baltimore and about the same distance East by North from Washington D.C.
Annapolis is rainy year round; most months average over three inches of rain. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 34 degrees Fahrenheit. June, July, August and September are pleasant and warm with average temperatures in the 70s. Annapolis has four distinct seasons: chilly winters, crisp autumns, balmy springs and warm summers.
capital is a town steeped in history and tradition: from the Senate chamber
where Congress ratified the treaty that ended the Revolutionary War to noon
formation at the United States Naval Academy.
Annapolis is well known for its excellent
restaurants, including colonial dining rooms, taverns, and waterside seafood
houses. Many of the most favored dining spots are also located in the city's
hoteles and restored inns.
are favored in Annapolis, which is known as the sailing capital of
Maryland. Windsurfing, and all forms of boating are widely available.
Local sailing schools offer basic instruction, boat rentals, and sailing
vacations in boats up to 43 feet in length. Popular land-based activities
include biking, walking, and running. The spectacular Baltimore &
Annapolis Trail stretches for 13 miles, passing through forests, farmland,
urban, and suburban neighborhoods.
Part of the city's unique charm lies in it's
being home to two celebrated institutions of higher learning. In addition to
the Naval Academy (and just a short walk away), is
College. The third oldest college in the nation counts Francis Scott Key
among its alumni and bases its curriculum solely on literary classics.
three-century-old capital city is a blend of perfectly preserved Colonial,
Victorian and Federal architecture that gently rises along the shores of
Chesapeake Bay and the Severn River.
The city is
centered within two circles: State Circle and Church Circle. All other
streets radiate from these two points. The U.S. Naval Academy is in its own
enclave, east of State Circle. City Dock is east of both circles, at the end
of Main Street off Church Circle.
The entire city center of
Annapolis is a national Historic District.
The streets of the city
remain narrow, as no historic building has been sacrificed in order to widen
them. The best way to see Annapolis is on foot via a walking tour. Several
guided tours are available, including some
led by a Colonial-era costumed guide.
Annapolis has the highest
concentration of Georgian-style buildings in the nation, including the homes
of all four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence. A total of
1300 carefully preserved and restored buildings from fifteen architectural
styles pre-date 1900.
African-Americans have played important roles in Annapolis and Maryland
history. Their story is told in programs and exhibits at the Banneker-Douglass
Museum of Afro-American Life and History.
In the City
Council Chamber at City Hall, Annapolis' early history comes to life in
three large murals. They show the settlement of Providence in 1649, the
laying out of the capital in 1695, and the proclamation of the Annapolis
City Charter in 1708.
superb at Annapolis Harbour Center. The waterfront mall is laid out in the
configuration of a maritime village with some 40 shops and boutiques.
Across from Harbour Center is the unique Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market
featuring everything from fresh farm produce to homemade Amish and Mennonite
delicacies. There is also a section devoted to crafts, such as homemade
In a world
filled with uncertainty and constant change, Annapolis stands as a beacon to
visitors, as a symbol of stability and quiet strength, just as it has for
over 300 years.