4 Easy Day Trips
Scenic roads lead to a maritime capital, a historic park, a popular farm and a picturesque winery.
The state capital’s location on the Chesapeake Bay makes it the Mid-Atlantic’s nautical hub and home of the U.S. Naval Academy. Spring and summer draw thousands with events like Wednesday night sailboat races (April 27-August 31), the Maryland Avenue Spring Fling Festival (May 1) and the Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks (July 5). Any time of year, the picturesque, walkable downtown offers museums, shopping and (no surprise) seafood restaurants with waterfront views. An arts scene also bustles in this city, named one of the country’s “top 25 arts destinations” by American Style Magazine. The First Sunday Arts Festival (May 1Nov. 6) features more than 100 regional artists setting up along West and Calvert streets and, this year, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre presents “The Wedding Singer” (May 26-June 18) and “Rent” (June 30-July 23).— Kerri Pinchuk 30 miles south via I-97 South, 410.280.0445, visitannapolis.org