Annapolis, Baltimore, DC Weekend
With so many things to do and see in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, it's easy to forget that we are also ideally situated at the crossroads of two great American cities; the bustling metropolis of Baltimore, MD, and our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.
A short drive from one another, the cities of Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington D.C. offer an excellent three-day travel experience. Fly into BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport from anywhere in the country to begin your journey at the crossroads of the Mid-Atlantic.
- First, check out the famed Inner Harbor of Baltimore, with restaurants, shops, and museums surrounding this historic port.
- The next stop is the National Aquarium. Get your fill of cuddly penguins, dolphins, and the creatures of the Chesapeake Bay!
- Stop by Fort McHenry, a national monument and historic shrine which played an integral role in defending the Baltimore Harbor from British invasion during the War of 1812.
- Squeeze in a helicopter tour with Monumental Helicopters, which takes you over Baltimore and your next stop, Annapolis, for an aerial view of the United States Naval Academy and Historic Downtown.
- Stay the night at one of the many great hotel options in the Annapolis-Baltimore region, maybe hitting Arundel Mills for dinner, shopping, gaming, and entertainment.
Baltimore is 12 miles from Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County. Image owned by Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County.
- Book a room for the night at one of our many full-service hotels, B&Bs, or alternative lodging options before hitting the city. Our charming capital city is flush with history, art, and on-the-water activities; there's no shortage of things to do in Annapolis.
- Explore the historic city center on your own, book a tour about life in Annapolis during the 18th century, or discover an African American Heritage Walking Tour.
- Learn to paddleboard in the Annapolis Harbor.
- Walk down Maryland Avenue for quaint shops, art galleries, and a proper pint at a local pub.
- Take a tour of the United States Naval Academy, with or without a guide. (Valid ID required).
- Wander through the Maryland State House, America's oldest in continuous use. (Valid ID required).
- Grab dinner, enjoy live music before a nightcap, and return to the hotel.
Explore historic Annapolis and discover a museum without walls. Image owned by Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County.
- Have breakfast or brunch in the morning and head to D.C. Choose private transport through a local service or catch the train at Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
- Walk the National Mall, checking out the Capitol building, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian Institution Museums.
- Stroll through the National Zoo.
- Hop on a duck tour for a unique aquatic experience and views of D.C.
- Stop in Georgetown for boutique shopping at its best, and be sure to relax with a leisurely lunch al fresco.
- Return to the airport and plan your next visit to Annapolis & Anne Arundel County!