Annapolis and Southern Maryland

Annapolis and southern Maryland encompass the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, an area within easy driving distance of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Annapolis, on a peninsula bounded by the Severn and South rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, is a Mid-Atlantic sailing capital and the gateway to southern Maryland. Calvert County,
Annapolis and southern Maryland encompass the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, an area within easy driving distance of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Annapolis, on a peninsula bounded by the Severn and South rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, is a Mid-Atlantic sailing c
Annapolis and southern Maryland encompass the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, an area within easy driving distance

Annapolis and southern Maryland encompass the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, an area within easy driving distance of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Annapolis, on a peninsula bounded by the Severn and South rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, is a Mid-Atlantic sailing capital and the gateway to southern Maryland. Calvert County, just south of Annapolis, promises compelling bay-side scenery that includes the imposing Calvert Cliffs and several miles of Bay beaches. Beyond the Patuxent River, across the 1.3-mi Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge, lies St. Mary's County, a peninsula that protrudes farther into the Chesapeake, with the Patuxent and the Potomac rivers on either side of it.

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  • 1. Maryland State House

    Government Building

    Originally constructed between 1772 and 1780, the State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use; it's also the only...Read More

  • 2. United States Naval Academy

    Educational Institution

    Probably the most interesting and important site in Annapolis, the Naval Academy occupies 328 waterfront acres along the Severn River and abuts...Read More

  • 3. Annmarie Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    A world-class sculpture and botanical venue, Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center is a 30-acre property on the St. John Creek. The...Read More

  • 4. Banneker-Douglass Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass and scientist Benjamin Banneker, this former church and its next-door neighbor make up a museum that...Read More

  • 5. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    With the northernmost naturally occurring stand of bald cypress trees in the United States, the 100-acre Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary...Read More

  • 6. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the railroad's 1898 track-side terminus, this museum provides memorable glimpses of the onetime resort's turn-of-the-20th-century...Read More

  • 7. Chesapeake Beach Water Park

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Families make a day of it at Chesapeake Beach Water Park, which has a children's pool, beach, and many slides. The park is open from Memorial...Read More

  • 8. Christ Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tracings its origins to 1672, when a log-cabin church stood at the site, Christ Church received a brick replacement in 1772, coated with plaster...Read More

  • 9. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House is where John Wilkes Booth ended up at 4 am on Holy Saturday, 1865, his leg broken after having leaped from the...Read More

  • 10. Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Park/Playground

    Like its better-known neighbor Calvert Cliffs State Park, Flag Ponds Nature Park has spectacular views of the cliffs, but with just a short...Read More

  • 11. Hammond-Harwood House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Based on the Villa Pisani in Stra, Italy, by Andrea Palladio, this 1774 home was designed by premier colonial architect William Buckland and...Read More

  • 12. Historic Annapolis Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Light-filled and modern, this little museum occupies a historic building that once held supplies for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary...Read More

  • 13. Historic London Town and Gardens

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The 17th-century tobacco port of London, on the South River a short car ride from Annapolis, was made up of 40 dwellings, shops, and taverns...Read More

  • 14. Historic St. Mary's City

    Museum/Gallery

    When you visit the 800-plus acres here, with a liberal arts college serving at the cultural center, don't expect Colonial Williamsburg. St....Read More

  • 15. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Behind 2.5 mi of scenic Patuxent riverfront stretch 544 acres of woods and farmland. The 70-odd archaeological sites have yielded evidence of...Read More

  • 16. Kim's pies

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Many of the restaurants in southern Maryland serve Kim's pies —especially the key lime. The bakery is located in Solomons Island in a cottage...Read More

  • 17. Kunta Kinte–Alex Haley Memorial

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    A series of plaques along the waterfront recounting the story of African-Americans in Maryland lead to a sculpture group depicting Alex Haley...Read More

  • 18. Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park

    Museum/Gallery

    The first permanent lighthouse constructed on the Potomac River is now the center of a small, 6-acre park. The grounds, which are free, have...Read More

  • 19. Point Lookout State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    When Father Andrew White came to Point Lookout and saw the Potomac at its side, he mused that the Thames was a mere rivulet in comparison. But...Read More

  • 20. Port Republic School No. 7

    Educational Institution

    Port Republic School No. 7, a classic one-room schoolhouse built in the 1880s, looks for all the world as if today's lesson could begin any...Read More

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