If you've got a thing for history, Annapolis has got you covered. And if you don't want to go to Washington DC and deal with all the security around the capitol, then head south for the first capitol building in America.
The Maryland State House served as the meeting place for the Continental Congress from November 26th, 1783 to April 13th, 1784. Today, it's still used as as the convening place for the state legislative branch, as well as housing the offices of the governor of Maryland and other executive elected officials.
While the building is a functioning state house, it's open to visitors during the day. Inside, you can see where the senate and representatives meet.
If the glory of state legislation isn't your thing, there are a few displays around the building, including some correspondence from George Washington.
There is also a replica of the old senate chamber where Gen. Washington famously resigned his commission.
And finally, if architecture is your thing, the dome of the state house is the largest wooden dome constructed in America without nails.
You can visit 9:00am to 5:00pm every day except major holidays and is free. Tours are available, but if you can't get to the east coast you can take a virtual tour online.