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Designation: Maryland State Scenic Byway
Fees: No fees to drive the byway.
Length, One-Way: 40 Miles (66.67 Kilometers)
Time: 1 Hour

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Description - Any trip into Anne Arundel County puts you in touch with Marylands's colonial and maritime heritage. This byway parallels the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, connecting historic Annapolis to the rediscovered town of London, quaint fishing villages, and some of the region's oldest farms. Turn east on almost any road and you will soon find yourself at the water. The byway loops through the largest contiguous area of historic rural countryside in the region, conveying a sense of an earlier century.
Visiting Annapolis, you will find a city based on a baroque plan of circles and radiating streets. Little has changed from its original 1695 plan. The city's strong maritime tradition and its maritime businesses have made Annapolis a pleasure-boating center, attracting yachtsmen from around the world. Be sure to stop at the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitor's Center, which is the starting point for walking and bus tours of Maryland's capital city and its surroundings. Here, too, you will find information on water tours.
Driving through the picturesque Maryland countryside be sure to see the colonial mansion, Tulip Hill, and the historic West River Quaker Burying Ground. Also plan a visit to St. James's Church where, dating from 1665, the church graveyard contains two of the oldest known tombstones in Maryland.

Attractions - The Anne Arundel Colonial Tour is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : Begin the Anne Arundel Colonial Tour in Annapolis, the state capital and site of the U.S. Naval Academy. From US-50, take Rowe Boulevard to Northwest Street where you will find one of several public garages. Adjacent to the garage is the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitor's Center, which is the starting point for walking and bus tours of Maryland's capital city and its surroundings. Here, too, you will find information on water tours.

The Visitor's Center is on West Street. Take West Street to Church Circle and State Circle to see some of the capital city's historic architecture. On Church Circle, take College Avenue and turn left on Rowe Boulevard, which will take you to the US-50 entrance ramp. Do not merge onto US-50. Instead, continue on the ramp bearing left to MD-2 south, which takes you across the South River Bridge and through Edgewater.

At MD-214, go east and then right on MD-468, or Muddy Creek Road. Continue on MD-468, to see the Georgian mansion Tulip Hill (private), which is less than a mile from before MD-255. At the intersection of MD-468 and MD 255, or Owensville Road, is the West River Quaker Burying Ground. Return to MD-648 and turn left to follow MD-256 south. This will take you through picturesque farmland and rural communities. Beyond Churchton, take a right on MD-258.

Follow MD-258 west across MD-2. Just north on MD-2 is St. James's Church. Continue on MD-258 to MD-259. Turn right and head north to continue on MD-259, which you will follow to Greenock where you take another right onto MD-408. Much of the countryside along MD-408 was once part of Portland Manor, a grant given to Henry Darnall. In Lothian, you will come to a roundabout, which you will follow around to go north on MD-2. On MD-2 at Harwood Road, a historic marker notes the location of Rawlings Tavern, where George Washington would dine on his way to the Annapolis horse races.

Continue north on MD-2 to turn left on Birdsville Road. Follow it for three miles and then turn right on MD-214 in Davidsonville, a crossroads community of horse, tobacco, and strawberry farms. Turn left on Riva Road, which will take you back to US-50 and the end of your tour.

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Maryland Scenic Byways - Described here are a number of Marylands State Scenic Byways. These byways travel through historic and scenic areas throughout the state.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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