Annapolis serves as the county seat of Anne Arundel County, and as the capital of the state. The city was established on the Chesapeake Bay and lies 25 miles south of Baltimore, and 30 miles east of Washington D.C. The City Dock stands at the center of the historic downtown area where you can find many lodgings options, and next to Waterside Park. A commemorative plaque on one end of the dock is dedicated to the arrival of Kunta Kinte; the descendant of author Alex Haley. Popular attractions include the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Academy Museum, which houses more than 50,000 artifacts and features the Gallery of Ships.
The historic downtown district is a popular place to stay with attractions, dining and shopping options. The city is easily accessed via Routes 70 and 450, which intersect State Highway 50 and Interstate 97. The Annapolis Department of Transportation owns and operates a public bus system, and has eight different city routes. Commuter buses are also available for your use.
Exiled Puritans established the first settlement in 1649. The United States Naval Academy was opened in 1845. The bay front location of the city produces a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and cool winters. The coastal location means fresh seafood establishments are abundant, yet cuisine ranges from African to Portuguese.