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The Environs of Washington: Annapolis, Maryland

Wether they live in the attractive suburbs or the crowded city, most Washingtonians occasionally feel like getting away from it all. It is partly the hurly-burly and non-stop drama of life in politics, be they national or international, and partly the overwhelming humidity of the Washington Summer, that drives people out. They are lucky in that they have plenty of places to which they can escape.

Washington the city, is comparatively small, but Washington the metropolis, spread far into the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia, and major highways, Metroliner trains, and assorted air services bring many other towns and cities into the capital's orbit.

Whether they live in the attractive suburbs or the crowded city, most Washingtonians occasionally feel like getting away from it all. It is partly the hurly-burly and non-stop drama of life in politics, be they national or international, and partly the overwhelming humidity of the Washington Summer, that drives people out. They are lucky in that they have plenty of places to which they can escape.

Near at hand, the lucky Washingtonian may have a horse or two stabled somewhere over the D.C. line in Maryland or Virginia so that he may play polo or hunt regularly. There are several hunts in the beautiful Virginia countryside, not always catching foxes, but retaining the traditions - pink coats and all - of a sport which George Washington loved.

Also not far away, the Washingtonian may have been lucky enough to secure a berth for his boat in the harbor at Alexandria or, eastward into Maryland, at Annapolis.  The Capital of Maryland since 1694, is just a short drive along Route 50 from Washington, and has become a popular weekend retreat for well-to-do people from the city, many of whom keep second homes and luxury-style boats there.

Annapolis harbor alongside Dockstreet.

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Maryland State House, Annapolis, Maryland.

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Home of the U.S. Naval Academy, center of a lively fishing industry and of a rich sailing and boat-building community, Annapolis  sits elegantly on the shore of Chesapeake Bay, with the sea breezes adding a pleasant tang to the attractive, Colonial-style eighteenth-century  buildings along the waterfront. Its rich colonial past draws many visitors to Annapolis each year. This was the town where George Washington, in a tearful scene, resigned his command of the Army, and where the peace treaty with Britain was ratified after the American Revolution. Both events took place in the State House, still in use today.

The U.S. Naval Academy enshrines 300 years of naval history and tradition in its museum, and welcomes aboard over a million visitors a year. They come to take in the atmosphere of brisk naval spit and polish, to see John Paul Jone's  burial place in the crypt of the Academy's Chapel, and to catch the dress parades at Worden Field. 

Maryland State House, Annapolis. Built by Joseph Horatio Anderson from 1772 to 1779 in the Georgian Style.

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

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U.S. Naval Academy campus, Annapolis.

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Marching Plebes (first year students) in front of Bancroft Hall (designed by Ernest Flagg in 1901-1906), the largest single dormitory in the world. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. 

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Interior of the Naval Academy's Chapel. Annapolis, Maryland.

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John Paul Jones's sarcophagus, with bronze dolphins and marble (1913). U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, Maryland.

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Whitehall, a plantation house built in 1764 by Joseph Horatio Anderson. South entrance view. This is a 61 meters long Flemish-bond building with a stone portico. Annapolis, Maryland.

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Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia. This is an art gallery. 

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