Is Annapolis Better for Group Tours than DC?
Well, that depends on several different factors, such as your group's main interest, your budget, and your ability to deal with crowds.
Before we go any further, though, we must make it clear that both Washington D.C and Annapolis are excellent places to take your group, whether you want U.S History, fun, great food, or relaxation, but oftentimes we think that visiting Annapolis is a better option than D.C for some groups.
- There are several similar reasons to visit both Annapolis and D.C when it comes to your groups' interests, the biggest one probably being history. However, there are different aspects of history in each, which could be your deciding factor. In D.C your group will be focusing on U.S history in regards to government and politics, whereas in Annapolis your group will be focusing on history in regards to military, maritime, and African American culture.
- This also applies to recreational interests, as your group will have more waterfront recreation options in Annapolis than in D.C, where most of your recreation will be had at museums and tours. Again, both options have their upsides!!
- Places to visit: Maryland State House, Banneker Douglas Museum, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Naval Academy, Chesapeake Bay, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
- Now, this point will probably be debatable as we can't quite factor in your specific groups' plans visiting these cities, however, in general, we feel that Annapolis is much gentler on your wallet than D.C. This is simply due to the fact that Washington D.C is one of the most highly visited cities in America, therefore it logically has higher prices for dining, attractions, transportation, etc. Of course, you can make your way around D.C on a budget, but it certainly won't be as easy as it will be in Annapolis!
- If your group is looking to stay away from the heavy throngs of crowds, then Annapolis is probably a better option. While Annapolis isn't exactly a ghost city (not even close), it has quite a few less people walking its streets than D.C. Again, this is simply due to the fact that Washington D.C is one of the most highly visited cities in the U.S, whereas Annapolis is off the radar for most travelers. If your group wants a bit more space during your travels, Annapolis is the answer!