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Visit the Chesapeake

Explore your Chesapeake - wade into its waters, delve into its human stories, fall in love with its natural beauty. We want to connect you with the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through its exceptional parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, trails and more. Below you'll find links to a number of websites that will help you get out and explore the Chesapeake.

Visit the Chesapeake

Use the tabs below to find great places to visit in the Chesapeake Bay region or search through over 500 public access sites in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and D.C. to find opportunities for boating, fishing, wildlife observation and beach use.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network spans seven states and Washington, D.C., to connect you with the Bay's special places. From parks, refuges and water trails to historic museums and vessels, experience your Chesapeake at a Gateway near you.

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Experience the Chesapeake Bay region the way John Smith did 400 years ago on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, which includes scenic paddling and hiking opportunities along the routes Smith explored in the 1600s.

Offices of Tourism

Visit the websites of the various state tourism offices to learn about their exciting events, places and travel opportunities: Maryland | Virginia | Pennsylvania | Washington, D.C. | West Virginia | Delaware | New York

State Parks

State parks offer many great opportunities for family and outdoor activities, from playgrounds and picnic areas to hiking, biking and overnight stays. Find a state park: Maryland | Virginia | Pennsylvania | West Virginia | Delaware | New York

National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges

From Blackwater to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Chesapeake region offers some of the most breathtaking and richly historic national parks and wildlife refuges in the country. Plan your visit today: National Parks | National Wildlife Refuges


From colonial times until the advent of modern satellite technology, lighthouses rose to the challenge of guiding vessels through the Chesapeake Bay's channels and byways. Visit one of the Bay's guiding lights today.

MarylandBeautiful.com is the #1 online Maryland Tourism Guide to Maryland vacation attractions and events located in Maryland.

Virginia.org is the #1 online Virginia Tourism Guide to Maryland vacation attractions and events located in Virginia.

Hiking to a Breathtaking Virginia Sunrise

  The heat is steadily rising now that summer is on the way, and outdoor trail adventures become less bearable as the temperatures soar. But . . .

Best Hikes on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia

  Virginia boasts a full quarter of the 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail (or AT), around 550 miles of hiking glory. The AT in Virginia features hikes . . .

Visiting Some of Virginia’s Pet-Friendly Breweries

Pet Friendly Breweries A good Virginia craft brewery day is a fantastic way to enjoy your weekends during the summer, but sometimes, getting a pet . . .

Adventures for Couples: Kayak Tours in Virginia

  For the couples that love a little adventure in their vacations, a kayaking tour in Virginia may be the perfect getaway. Consider “roughing it” . . .

Refreshing New Breweries Opening in Virginia in 2016

  The craft beer movement has taken off in Virginia, bringing small batch beverages to even smaller towns throughout the state. From hefeweizens to stouts, . . .

Taking the Train: Arriving in Virginia via Amtrak

Once you get past the three hour mark, driving can become unbearable for many people. A road trip that may have been fun with a . . .

10 Pet-Friendly Historic Sites in Virginia

  May is National Pet Month and what better way to celebrate with your four-legged friend than getting out and exploring some of Virginia’s most . . .

Take a Musical Journey through Virginia

Virginia’s music scene boasts a broad array of genres – from outdoor Beach and Bluegrass events in the warm-weather months, Orchestra and Opera at some . . .

May is National Bike Month in Virginia!

Get outside and enjoy the outdoors this weekend with a bike ride! May is National Bike Month in Virginia, and with dozens of trails and . . .

Nine Historic Destinations to Reach Your 10,000 Steps

  Going to the gym may get you in great shape for summer, but staring at four walls while you run on a treadmill can . . .

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