Sometimes (annoyingly) dubbed ‘Nap-town, ’ Annapolis is as charming as state capitals get. The cobblestones, flickering lamps and brick row houses are worthy of Dickens, but the effect isn’t artificial; this city has preserved, rather than created, its heritage.
Besides history is water: Naval Academy ‘middies’ (midshipmen, or more plainly, students) stroll through the streets with ramrods up their backs while the yacht-owning hordes have overrun the docks and crammed them with floating temples to hubris. Everyone sails, the food is great, and a beer on a pier cooled by a salty headwind is even better.
There’s a visitor center (410-280-0445; www.visitannapolis.org; 26 West St; 9am-5pm) and a seasonal information booth at City Dock. A Maryland Welcome Center (410-974-3400; 350 Rowe Blvd; 9am-5pm) is inside the State House, and runs tours of the building twice daily.
Last updated: Sep 21, 2008