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A day trip to Annapolis is a military family must-do!

If you're looking for an exciting day trip that won't break the bank, then Annapolis, Maryland, is the perfect destination. Here's why.
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If you’re looking for an exciting day trip that won’t break the bank, then Annapolis, Maryland, is the perfect destination. Located just about 60 miles from Fort Belvoir, this charming city offers plenty of things to do and see. From exploring the Naval Academy and taking a scenic boat cruise on the Chesapeake Bay to enjoy unique shops and eateries along Main Street, there’s something for everyone in Annapolis!

Naval Academy

The Naval Academy is one of Annapolis’ most famous attractions. Established in 1845, this prestigious military academy has educated generations of naval officers who have made their mark on American history. Visitors can take guided tours of the grounds, which feature buildings from various eras plus monuments and memorials. Afterward, why not take a cruise around the harbor? The sightseeing boats offer stunning views of nearby lighthouses and other attractions along the waterfront.

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Inter-American Defense College Staff, Faculty and Students visit the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., Dec. 15, 2021. The United States Naval Academy is a federal service academy established on October 10 1845, under Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, it is the second oldest of the five U.S. service academies, and educates officers for commissioning primarily into the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. During the visit students also toured the city of Annapolis as part of the same field study. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Check out Main Street

Main Street is also a must-see while in Annapolis. It’s lined with unique shops, galleries, and eateries that offer something for everyone. Whether it’s grabbing an ice cream cone at one of the local parlors or picking up souvenirs from a specialty store, you’re sure to find something special here! Some historical sites along Main Street worth checking out, too. Don’t skim on exploring the Hammond-Harwood House Museum. Nature fans will love the William Paca Garden. Both provide insight into how life was during colonial times.

Annapolis is an ideal day trip destination for military personnel based nearby Fort Belvoir – or anyone else looking for a fun day away from home! This charming town has loads of history and culture as well as breathtaking views of Chesapeake Bay. Whether you choose to explore the Naval Academy or stroll down its main street full of unique shops and restaurants, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.