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Baltimore and Washington DC are convenient to the Wayside Inn in historic Ellicott City, but a charming and equally historic site nearby is the colonial Annapolis historic district. We believe that this Maryland coastal town is one of the best places to visit on the American East Coast.
Curious to find out why? Read on!
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Annapolis was a colonial capital city known as the Athens of America. As a seaport, Annapolis was a cosmopolitan hub. Now, you can experience the contemporary appeal of the colonial Annapolis historic district with all the wonder of American history at the same time.
Designed in the European fashion, the layout of Annapolis is a constant reminder of its historic past. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and the State House are focal points of the circular, radiating streets. The design was so admired by frequent visitor George Washington that he incorporated it into the design of the nation’s capital. The Maryland State House, the oldest such capital building in continuous use in the United States. Annapolis also featured the first theater in the new world.
The Capital City Colonials Tours offer a number of excellent options for walking and riding tours with colonial-dressed guides:
Annapolis-in-an-Hour, Annapolis Food & History Tour, Historic District 101, Women of Annapolis, Washington’s Resignation, The Jonas Green House, The Sands’ House, Colonial Gossip, and Grand Houses
You can also enjoy the U.S. Naval Academy on foot with its guided talking tours. For more information go to the Academy’s visitors web page.
We’d love to be your home base for all of your Howard County adventures here at the historic Wayside Inn. Our free Howard County vacation guide can help you plan your trip!