If you are in Maryland then the city of Annapolis is a must visit, it is the state capital of the state. Being located in the Chesapeake Bay and at the mouth of Severn River, it is close to Washington DC, being located about 30 miles east of this city. It also forms part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area which is a reason that many include it in their city tours of the country.
There are several historic significances of the city. At the time of formation of the national capital, this city served as the capital between the years 1783 to 1784. The Treaty of Paris was signed in this city which ended the American Revolutionary War. It also serves as home of the United States Naval Academy that was formed here in 1845 and St John’s College which was founded in the year 1696.
There are several places of natural beauty and historic significance to see here. Some important landmarks that are a must visit are:
- Maryland State House is considered one of the oldest buildings housing the state capitol, which dates back to the year 1772. It houses important offices such as that of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, Maryland General Assembly and others.
Address: 100 State Cir, Annapolis.
Opens at: 9am.
- Paca House and Garden is the next historical landmark to visit here. It is a Georgian mansion that was built in the 18th century; William Paca being a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, this mansion has historical as well as architectural significance.
Address: 186 Prince George St, Annapolis.
Opens at: 10 AM.
Entry fee: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children.
- Another historic building that is frequented by visitors, here is the Hammond-Harwood house. This house museum was built in the year 1774. Today it is considered one of the few premier houses of the colonial period to be found across the country.
Address: 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis.
Opens at: 12 PM.
- Thomas Point is a unique historic lighthouse that will take you to the Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the coastline as well as visiting the Thomas Point Shoal Light Station which was constructed in 1875.