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Sights to see close to home this summer

Sightseeing Washington MonumentTake a historic walking tour

Four Centuries Walking Tour
Step back in time to the 1700s and follow guides dressed in colonial attire on a tour of the historic district of Annapolis. The tour stops at all the main Annapolis landmarks including the Maryland State House and Naval Academy. Guides tell the history of the area and its buildings and also relay stories of life during the 1700s and 1800s.
Annapolis Tours by Watermark
Cost: $18, adults; $10, ages 3-11; free, ages 2 and younger
410-268-7601, Annapolistours.com

Monumental Cities Tour
Tour guides lead visitors on tours of different areas of Baltimore depending on the week. One tour involves climbing the Shot Tower, while another focuses on finding gargoyles and starts and ends at the Baltimore Farmers Market. The Mount Vernon tour climbs to the top of the Washington Monument, and another explores Patterson Park and even ventures inside the famous Pagoda. The tours all cover 1 mile and include the history of the area and the significance of different buildings.
Baltimore Walking Tours
Cost: $5-10; children, free
443-306-3369, Baltimoreheritage.org

D.C. Metro Food Tours
Taste your way through some of Washington, D.C.’s, most iconic neighborhoods (Georgetown, DuPont Circle, Capitol Hill and others), and learn about the history of the communities as well as the architecture. Most tours include five stops at restaurants to get a feel for local fare. Some restaurants serve family-style platters so tourists can taste a bit of everything, and others pick a favorite dish to serve. The 1-mile tours usually last about 3½ hours. Though children are welcome, the tour might be best for older children and teenagers.
Cost: $50-$65, depending on the tour.
202-851-2268, dcmetrofoodtours.com

By Kristy MacKaben

Updated June 2017

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