Formerly named Anne Arundel's Town after the wife of Lord Baltimore, Annapolis, Maryland's capital city, is nestled next to the Chesapeake Bay.

It is best known for its waterfront attractions, including the United States Naval Academy, bayside yacht clubs, and its many shops and seafood restaurants dotting the downtown. Annapolis served as our nation's first peacetime capital, and was home to Maryland's four signers of the Declaration of Independence. It is the site of the historic Maryland State House, the home of the oldest continuously operating legislature in the country. It was in the State House that General George Washington resigned from the Continental Army in 1783, and where the Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris which ended the American Revolution in 1784.

Today, in addition to shopping, dining and nearby water sports experiences, the Annapolis area offers many historical sites open for visitation by Grand History Trail users. Lodging opportunities and parking abound, and provide easy access to the paved Baltimore and Annapolis Trail.