Getaway Guide: One-Tank Trip to Annapolis, MD

August 11, 2012 6:00 AM

Known as the Athens of America, Annapolis is a hub of endless activities, intriguing history and fascinating destinations, and it’s only a tank of gas away. Catch a show, indulge in a delicious meal and just explore, Annapolis is the place to be for a day trip full of memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Getting There

Head out of the city until you reach I-395 north. Take the Pennsylvania Avenue exit, then take the exit for Highway 295. After about 3.5 miles, Highway 295 will turn into Route 201. Stay on Route 201 until you reach the exit for Route 50 east toward Annapolis. Stay on Route 50 east for about 24 miles, then take the exit for MD-70 south toward Annapolis. Continue on MD-70 for another two miles then turn right on MD-450 west or College Avenue. The entire trip is about 35 miles and should take about an hour, depending on the flow of traffic. For a little fun along the way, visit the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens or the Annapolis City Dock.

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Annapolis Tours by Watermark
1 Dock St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 268-7601

Click here for tickets

There’s no better way to learn about the history, culture and traditions of this beautiful port city than by signing up for a walking tour. Annapolis Tours offers a variety of tours and topics perfect for any traveler. See what life was like in Annapolis in the mid 18th century, visit key historical sites, or learn about spirits who dwell in many of the city’s historical buildings. In addition to walking tours, Watermark provides river cruises with live music, sightseeing and lighthouse cruises, and special events such as holiday dinner cruises.

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Carrol’s Creek
410 Severn Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 263-8102

Recognized as one of America’s best waterfront restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine, Carrol’s Creek offers its guests delicious foods and spectacular views of the Annapolis skyline and harbor. Watch elegant yachts float by as you enjoy tasty meals, such as Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes and herb-encrusted rockfish fillet. Carrol’s Creek also offers happy hour food and drink specials, including half-priced bottles of wine night, live music and outside dining. Join the Frequent Diner Club and enjoy early access to special events and discounts.

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Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre
143 Compromise St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 268-9212

Click here for ticket information

While you’re in town, catch a show at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre features Broadway revivals including “Hairspray,” “Chicago” and “Avenue Q.” This summer the theater presents “Xanadu,” a musical production based on the 1980s film of the same name. It also hosts teen workshops, which conclude with two final performances on the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre stage.

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Annapolis Towne Centre
2505 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 573-9050

Downtown Annapolis is home to unique boutiques, antique shops and eclectic gift stores. For shopaholics who prefer big-name brands, check out Annapolis Towne Centre. With more than 50 restaurants and shops, the Annapolis Towne Center has just about everything to meet your shopping needs. It also features trunk shows, live music, open mic nights and family friendly entertainment including kid’s nights at the Metro Diner Cafe.

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U.S. Naval Academy
52 King George St.
Annapolis, MD 21402
(410) 293-8687

Price: $9.50 adults/$8.50 seniors 62 and older/$7.50 children/free preschool and younger

When most people think of Annapolis, the U.S. Naval Academy comes to mind. Known as one of the oldest colleges in the country, the it offers visitors a guided walking tour of its campus. The tour includes a 13-minute welcome video and provides information about the traditions, history and architecture of the academy. The tour also provides visitors insight into a midshipman’s daily life. Enjoy the gift shop, museum and activities for the kids, including basic boot camps in which children between the ages of 6 and 12 get to experience what it’s like to be a swabbie.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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