Participating at the United States Sailboat Show, in Annapolis, in October this year is a unique chance to combine great business deals in making direct bookings with US citizens and visiting the United States as tourists. It is well known that America is one of the top tourist destinations in the world with a handful of places to visit, delicious food to eat and many things to experience.
Beautiful, picturesque and a not so America-like city of Annapolis is situated on the east coast of America, in the state of Maryland and it is definitely worth exploring touristy. To help you with that we have prepared TOP 5 things to do in Annapolis and the surroundings to make your trip to America and participating at the United States Sailboat Show unforgettable.
- First of all – sights of Annapolis
The first two things that come to US citizen’s mind when Annapolis is mentioned are Annapolis Boat Shows and the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy. With its beautiful docks full of sailing yachts and boats, Maritime Museum and U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis is the center of everything regarding maritime.
The historic downtown of Annapolis offers a variety of restaurants, galleries, and shops that stretch along the charming row houses on the Main Street. Don’t forget to visit the Maryland State House, once the capital of the USA and one of the signers of Declaration of Independence and wealthy planter William Paca’s residence that dates from 1765 which is well known for its spectacular mansion and gardens.
- Eat a lot of crab
When in Annapolis you must forget about burger and fries – it’s crab time! A lot of restaurants and dinners, known as crab houses, offer delicious meals made of fresh crab and seafood. Steamed crab, crab soup, crab cakes, fried soft shell crab sandwiches, crab burgers and cold beer? Let’s just say CRAB-tastic.
However, if you are not a big fan of crab delicacies, Dutch Farmer’s Market, locally known as “Amish market” is a must place to grab something to eat. It offers a large variety of fresh ingredients grown by the Amish community and restaurants there are using traditional recipes that have been handed down through generations. You don’t see that every day, right?
- Tip your toes in the Chesapeake Bay
You haven’t been to Annapolis and Chesapeake bay if you haven’t at least tipped your toe in a sea. The Bay is truly an outstanding place that stretches across six states and the District of Columbia that makes it the biggest bay in the United States. It’s a combination of natural beauties, rich history and sailing opportunities which offer endless possibilities to relax and enjoy nature. If you are more of an outdoor person, you will find the Chesapeake Bay the perfect place to be.
If you, however, decide to go sailing along the Bay, having been there in October is more than ideal. According to locals, fall sailing is absolutely the most enjoyable time of the year to cruise the Chesapeake Bay. Top places worth visiting while cruising are: Magothy River – Eagle Cove, Swan Creek in Rockhall, Worton Creek, Wye River and the town of St. Michaels with it’s Fall Festival and pumpkin delicacies.
- Daily trips from Annapolis
Maryland offers wide sort of attractions and places to visit, however, one of the top things about Annapolis is that Washington DC is just an hour drive away. America’s capital, place loaded with history, urban area, restaurants, shopping and important official institutions such as the Capitol or White House is absolutely worth visiting.
The biggest city in a state of Maryland is Baltimore and its famous inner harbor is a definite place to visit. Harbor is full of amazing restaurants, shops and it offers a variety of maritime attractions.
- Where are you history lovers?
Sure you have all visited the Colosseum in Rome or the Parthenon in Athens, but what about some real United States history? One of the main reasons to explore Annapolis and surroundings is its rich historical background. The history of Maryland dates all the way back to the end of the 15th century when John Cabot explored the coast of North America. Annapolis was founded in 1634 and further developed thanks to the tobacco trading.
Just some of the attractions that are exceptional for the eyes of history lovers are:
- visiting Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore or Fort Frederick in Washington County, both from the Civil war;
- walking the docks of the famous USS Constellation ship;
- stepping on the point where the first colonists landed – Clement’s Island State Park
- exploring historic St. Mary’s City, first colonist settlement founded in 1634, walk the decks of the Dove, a reconstructed sailing ship that brought the first Colonists to Maryland and many more.