By: Andrew Silverstein

Once known as the “Athens of America” and the temporary capital of our country from 1783-1784, Annapolis has a rich, eye-opening history that still permeates its streets and culture today.

Sightseeing in this beautiful, historic locale is second to none with a number of monumental attractions including the United States Naval Academy, the Maryland State House, the Hogshead, and the Hammond-Harwood House throughout Historic Downtown Annapolis.

Take a guided walking tour of the yard at the U.S Naval Academy with a professional, certified guide and catch the noon meal formation in action as the Brigade of Midshipmen form for uniform inspection before lunch.  Or, opt for the historical tour that highlights past and present life at the Naval Academy with stops at Lejeune Hall, Bancroft Hall, Tecumseh Court, Herndon Monument, the Chapel (when open), and the crypt of John Paul Jones. All tours are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors 62+, $7.50 for kids under 18, and free for pre-schoolers.

The Maryland State House is another Annapolis building seeped in history.   It's the oldest state house still in continuous legislative use and the only one to have served as the nation's capitol.  Tours of the State House are free of charge.  They begin at the State House Visitors' Center where professional guides with give you an understanding of the house's rich and historic past.

The Hogshead is another great sightseeing destination.  Originally used to house troops during the Revolutionary War, the Hogshead is now a restored, historical site with a Living History Exhibit and tours available on the weekends.

Annapolis is riddled with historic, Colonial-Era houses.  The Hammond-Harwood House might just be the most notable and architecturally beautiful.  Built in 1774 by renowned architect, William Buckland, the house hasn't changed much and is now a landmark in colonial architecture.  Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday at the top of the hour from noon till 5 p.m.

As you can see, there are plenty of sightseeing options around Annapolis.  Take a trip and jump head first into all the history and attractions Annapolis has to offer!