• Caitlin McAninch

Escape to Annapolis, MD

When I found out about my summer internship in Washington D.C., I immediately began researching all the things I wanted to do and see. I had never been past the Midwest, so reaching the east coast was very exciting for me. My mom who had recently visited the D.C. area knew she wanted me to go sailing in Annapolis. She had done it on her last trip and loved it, so she got on the site and booked me a spot.

At the time, I was more excited about the National Zoo and museums, but I am so grateful that my mom signed me up for the sailing experience. The day I got to go, we left port early and headed into the harbor. There was a decent sized group that day because everyone knew that the Blue Angels would be out practicing in the skies.

If you don’t know, the Blue Angels are the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron, with aviators from the Navy and Marines. They basically are badass pilots that do really cool stuff in the sky, really close together.

Once we set sail, we went straight out into the Chesapeake Bay and sailed towards the 50 Bridge. The houses along the shore were absolutely insane, and I’m sure filled with old east coast money. We sailed around for a bit before heading back into Severn River area to watch the show.

I remember that day the entire harbor was packed full of spectators with their large cameras ready to get good shots of the planes. Even though I only had my iPhone 5 at the time, I still got some amazing shots of the planes as they flew around. They were so fast and low to the ground. I remember they would shoot so low to the water, then drastically turn straight upwards and fly high into the air. It truly was an amazing sight to see.

After the sailing cruise ended, I was able to walk around Annapolis for a little bit. Since it was my first time really spending anytime in an east coast town, I was in awe of the old style brick buildings and cobble stone streets. I thought it was just gorgeous!

Have you ever been to Annapolis? What was your experience like? Share in the comments below!

Annapolis, MD

Distance: 2,645 miles

Driving Time: 1 day, 14 hours

My Flight: 6ish hours + driving

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