On our 3-day campground trip to the DC area, Annapolis was one of our day trips. Annapolis is the capital of Maryland, which we did not know at the time. It’s a small, easily walkable city. We found a small parking deck, and spent about 5 hours enjoying the city. This place reminded us of a British coastal town. Here’s our we spent our day!
State House Grounds
In the area, you can see the Maryland State House and the Thurgood Marshall Memorial. Thurgood Marshall was a native of Maryland and was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court. He was well known for the case in ending segregation in American public schools.
William Paca House & Garden
William Paca was one of the signers for the Declaration of Independence and served as the third governor of Maryland. The house has been restored to look like the original from the 18th-century. Tours are available or alternatively the self-guided tour of the large gardens. We explored Annapolis on 4th of the July so fun events for the kids were happening during our time at the National Historic Landmark.
Chick and Ruth’s Delly
A diner on the main street, we were recommended to go to by someone we know who lives in Annapolis for the best crab cake. Many other things on the menu, but crab cakes were what we were seeking out while in Maryland. This place has been here since 1965 and still feels like a diner from back then. It was great. We unfortunately had to pay market price for the crab cakes and not the menu price, so our wallets were hurting after.
Shops on Main Street
All kinds of shops and boutiques to stroll around on the Annapolis Historic Main Street. Any souvenirs can be found here and plenty of things for a sweet tooth.
Annapolis City Dock is the thriving center where the main streets meet the Chesapeake Bay and plenty of boats to watch coming and going. We kept walking and went across the Spa Creek Drawbridge and back for some extra walking around.
Also along the dock is the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, marking the former slave entry point. The statues are Alex Haley and three children reading from Haley’s best selling novel Roots about Kunta Knite being sold into slavery. The memorial is there for Haley’s vision of racial reconciliation and healing.
Crepes made fresh to order near the City Dock! Sweet and savory ones are on the menu. We got the Plain Jane with sugar and butter – that reminds us of Paris.
United States Naval Academy
The Naval Academy is located in Annapolis. We went through the security checkpoint and entered through Gate 1 and connects to a visitors center. Some history of the school can be read and walking tours are available at certain times.
Annapolis was posh in our opinion compared to visiting Baltimore and quite contrasting. Annapolis is a great day trip to make from the DC area.
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