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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.

From Winchester to Staunton: 10 Attractions Worth the Stop off I-81

  Whether you are driving down I-81 for a quick day trip or simply “passing through” the northern part of the interstate to a much . . .

7 Virginia National Parks for Outdoor Lovers

  The state of Virginia is populated with 22 parks managed by the National Park Service, those places run by the rangers dressed in green . . .

13 Destination Restaurants to Visit for a Memorable Experience

  There are dozens of award-winning restaurants around Virginia to get impeccable food and service, but sometimes (especially with kids) you want a little more . . .

Finding PokemonGo in Virginia

Squirtle at the Tavern in Abingdon Virginia must be the hottest place to find Pokémon in the country, if not the world!  With all of . . .

12 More Breweries to Tap for your Next Event

As the number of Craft Breweries in Virginia continues to grow, so does the availability of exciting places to hold your next event. See below . . .

14 Unusual Virginia Museums with Interesting Claims to Fame

  Virginia is full of sites that relate to the founding of our country, the Civil War, and many other historic moments, including museums housing . . .

Sporting and Recreation Venues in Prince William and Manassas

Prince William & Manassas covers a large area within the northern region of Virginia. With so much space, it is no wonder that there are . . .

Eight Romantic Campsites for Couples

  If you and your partner are the type of couple that enjoys the Great Outdoors, consider a romantic getaway staying at one of these . . .

20+ Fun-Filled Locations for Your Daily 10,000 Steps

  In addition to the amazing historic destinations that help you reach your daily Fitbit goal of 10,000 steps, you might be looking to add . . .

10 Iconic Summer Trips in Virginia for the Out of Towners

  If you’re from Virginia, you probably understand why our state is unquestionably the best (although we could maybe, just maybe, be a little partial), . . .

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