Annapolis, Maryland USA is located on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay between the Severn River and the South River, almost center of the state, if the state was a square, which it is definitely not. Annapolis is a 30 minute drive south of Baltimore and a 45 minute drive east of Washington D.C. Annapolis is also only a 2 to 2-1/2 hour drive from the Atlantic Ocean to the east, or a 2 to 3 hour drive to the Blue Ridge or Appalachian Mountains to the northwest.
Annapolis was our country's capital when the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was signed here. All four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence had impressive homes in Annapolis, which still stand today. Today, Annapolis has more of these original 18th Century structures still standing than any other city in the United States. Many are open to the public, where their beauty and architectural style is a major attraction.
Annapolis is also famous for being the home to the United States Naval Academy. The U.S. Naval Academy is open to visitors most days, but because this is a military base, you cannot drive into the academy. You can, however, park in the many parking garages downtown and take a short walk to the academy. All you need is a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or a passport, to enter the academy grounds to visit the many historical buildings and museums there.
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