Many locations in the Chesapeake Watershed have direct connections to American Presidents--historic sites, monuments, and memorials. But of these places, none captivate the public’s attention more than the homes of the early American presidents.
Watching a sunset is one of the simplest, most beautiful things to do outdoors. At these places scattered across the region, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset scene and appreciate some of the best views the Chesapeake has to offer. So grab your camera and soak up the view at the top places to watch spectacular sunsets!
Taskinas Creek, a small tributary to the York River, makes a perfect classroom for educational lessons. It lies entirely within York River State Park, less than 15 miles from Williamsburg. The park offers 2,500 acres of marsh and upland forests with a rich variety of habitats that attracts all kinds of creatures and visitors.
From the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, it’s hard to tell that the swath of trees blocking a view of Virginia across the Potomac River is an island. It’s even harder to figure out how to get there.
From the heights of Fort Washington Park, the shores of the Potomac River frame the skyline of the nation's capital with the Washington Monument jutting toward the sky. Urban life can seem very far away.
The Appomattox River valley in central Virginia’s Piedmont has two relatively new — but very different — state parks that are forever linked by the battles fought at each during the days before Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
Joe McCauley retired from United States Fish and Wildlife Service after a 32-year career that included serving as assistant refuge manager at a number of Chesapeake refuges including Rappahannock River Valley, James River, Presquile, and Plum Tree Island.
The Chesapeake’s celebrated annual waterfowl migration is a cherished symbol of the Bay’s bounty. At these beautiful spots across the region, you can watch for ducks, geese, and swans all winter long. So grab your camera and a pair of binoculars, and discover the Chesapeake’s stunning cold-weather scenery at the top places for spying winter waterfowl.
Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve is the kind of place many people would like to have for a backyard - it provides habitat for wildlife and a refuge for all, young and old, who are mesmerized by water flowing through a muddy marsh or sunlight dappling the pine forest floor.
This tour lets visitors see traditional log canoes under sail, watch shipwrights teach boatbuilding skills, and take a cruise on a skipjack on Maryland's Eastern Shore and takes you from St Michaels to Cambridge.
Ryan Abrahamsen is the creator of Terrain360, a company that creates virtual tours of hiking trails, national parks, and rivers throughout the United States. He has travelled the Chesapeake’s many rivers to give you a firsthand look at the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail from the perspective of a boater in the water.
There are dozens of hidden gems in our cities and suburbs, and some are only minutes away. Get out there and discover your special corner of the Chesapeake at the top places for exploring best-kept secrets in your own backyard -- there’s lots of surprises waiting for you!
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