Step aside Nantucket & Newport! Annapolis is more beautiful, says Condé Nast.

Annapolis, Maryland, is the third most beautiful town in the U.S., according to the world renowned, upper-crust travel magazine Conté Nast. Wha??!! Third?

Condé Nast Traveler compiled 17 towns worth seeing in 2016 and explains why in The Most Beautiful Towns in America. Annapolis beat out the other major boating towns of Nantucket and Newport. “This charming town, with brick-lined streets and structures that date back centuries, was founded in the mid-1600s,” writes Laura Vogel, Condé Nast Traveler’s senior digital editor.

Annapolis made #3 on the list of 17 "Most Beautiful Towns in America" by Condé Nast Traveler
Sunrise behind the Maryland State Capitol. Annapolis made #3 on the list of 17 “Most Beautiful Towns in America” by Condé Nast Traveler. (Photo courtesy cntraveler.com)

“Set on the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis went on to become a pivotal port for Civil War munitions, then was a fishing city (though, nowadays most of the trawlers have now been replaced by pleasure boats),” says Vogel. “It’s now home to the U.S. Naval Academy, and visitors are able to take tours of the vast, Beaux Arts campus, after which a visit to O’Learys Seafood Restaurant for crab cakes is essential.”

NOTE: It’s not a typo. Condé Nast Traveler (one “l”) is the U.S-based version of Condé Nast Traveller (two “l”‘s) is based in London.)

But check out which cities Annapolis beats on the Beautiful Towns list. They’re not slackers. Many are better known, and a lot more expensive to visit. It’s always good to do well against stiff competition.

Here’s the full Condé Nast Traveler list: 

  1. Woodstock, Vermont
  2. St. Augustine, Florida
  3. Annapolis, Maryland
  4. Big Sur, California
  5. Camden, Maine
  6. Lake Placid, New York
  7. Friday Harbor, Washington
  8. Santa Barbara, California
  9. Bozeman, Montana
  10. Sitka, Alaska
  11. Paia, Hawaii
  12. Breckenridge, Colorado
  13. Taos, New Mexico
  14. Traverse City, Michigan
  15. Nantucket, Massachusetts
  16. Newport, Rhode Island
  17. Sedona, Arizona

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