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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.

Virginia is for Lovers: 11 of the Most Romantic Destinations in Virginia

We have always thought that Virginia is the most romantic place around, and now we have proof to back it up! According to Amazon’s list . . .

13 of the Best Brunch Spots in Virginia

Every weekend, many Virginians love to sleep in just a little bit later, but they face a very difficult decision when they wake: Where is . . .

2016 Virginia is for Food Lovers Culinary Challenge

The 2016 Virginia is for Food Lovers Culinary Challenge will begin soon and we need your help. In the past decade, the culinary bar in . . .

Save the Dates: Spring Virginia Festivals

Spring is on its way! Celebrate the impending thaw with one of the upcoming spring festivals in Virginia. Although there are dozens of festivals to . . .

Virginia is for Chocolate Lovers: 100+ Chocolate Craft Beers

Admit it, chocolate in most any form is acceptable. In Virginia, you’ll find more than 100 craft beers that are either made with the finest . . .

Where to Stay During Your Romantic Virginia Getaway

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, romance is in the air in Virginia. But you don’t have to wait for an amorous occasion to . . .

22 Places for Winter Family Fun in Virginia

  The weekend is coming and your kids are tired of being stuck indoors. Or maybe you’re tired of them being cooped up with too . . .

Colleges & Universities with Meeting & Event Space

Virginia’s campuses of higher learning provide spacious meeting and event spaces, dining and lodging options in serene natural surroundings and also the latest technologies. Here . . .

Fine Dining on a Budget: Restaurant Weeks around Virginia

The beginning of restaurant week season is here, and we can’t wait to try all the gourmet goodies that Virginia chefs are preparing for the . . .

Fee-Free Days at National Parks in Virginia

The National Park Service is turning 100 years old this year! Celebrate this momentous occasion with 16 free days of entry to any of the National . . .

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