Top Places For

Amazing Water Views

There’s something serene about the sight of water that puts us all at ease. At these places across the Chesapeake region, the water views are worth the trip.

The Chesapeake’s sparkling waters beckon you at places like Kiptopeke State Park, Piscataway Park, and Fort Monroe, where thousands flock each year to behold the Bay’s beauty. Not to be outdone, the rivers that flow to the Bay -- from Great Falls on the Potomac to Jefferson Patterson Park on the Patuxent -- provide their own stunning water views.

Whether you seek crashing waves or calm wetlands, you can find a water view that will take your breath away.

So grab a park bench, pull up a beach chair, or take a stroll and soak up the scenery at the top places for amazing water views.

Annapolis Maritime Museum

Annapolis Maritime Museum

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and commemorating the maritime heritage of Annapolis and the neighboring waters of the Chesapeake Bay and features rotating exhibits celebrating the area's unique maritime heritage.

Annapolis, MD

Fog Covered Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

An Eastern Shore wildlife refuge attracting vast numbers of waterfowl to quintessential Bay tidal wetlands. While primarily a tidal marsh, the refuge also includes a mature pine forest.

Cambridge, MD

Footbridge to Beach at First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park is located near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay close to the spot where Captain John Smith landed in 1607. First Landing is Virginia's most popular state park with over a million visitors each year.

Virginia Beach, VA

Aerial View Fort Monroe National Monument

Fort Monroe National Monument

Fort Monroe National Monument was a military installation in Hampton, Virginia on the southern tip of the Virginia Peninsula. Within its 565 acres are 170 historic buildings and nearly 200 acres of natural resources on the Chesapeake Bay.

Fort Monroe, VA

Fort Washington Park

Fort Washington Park

Fort Washington once guarded the water approach to the Nation's Capital and now provides grand views of Washington and Virginia.

Fort Washington, MD

Great Falls Park

Great Falls Park

Just 15 miles from the Nation's capital, Great Falls is considered the most spectacular natural landmark in the DC metropolitan area. The park providing a series of trails and overlooks from which to view the falls and the gorge.

Great Falls Park, VA

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

Exploring 12,000 years of Bay history along the Patuxent River on the Eastern Shore, including the War of 1812.

St. Leonard, MD

Sunrise at Kiptopeke State Park

Kiptopeke State Park

Kiptopeke State Park's location near the tip of the Chesapeake's Eastern Shore makes the park a prime location for bird-watching. Migrating birds congregate at this point on the Delmarva before moving on to breeding or wintering grounds.

Cape Charles, VA

North Point State Park

North Point State Park

North Point State Park is a 1,310-acre Bay-front park with more than six miles of shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay, Back River, and Shallow Creek. The park offers public access, a wading beach, and crabbing and fishing opportunities.

Edgemere, MD

Patuxent River Park Jug Bay Natural Area

Patuxent River Park Jug Bay Natural Area

Jug Bay Natural Area offers many activities including walking through wetlands, guided boat tours, hiking and horseback riding over eight miles of trails, boating, fishing, camping, hunting, and visiting a museum.

Upper Marlboro, MD

Piscataway Park

Piscataway Park

Piscataway Park encompasses 5000 acres of open fields, dense forests, and wetlands along the Potomac River directly opposite Mt. Vernon, the land and home of George Washington.

Accokeek, MD

Piney Point Lighthouse - By Kitkat70 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park

Lighthouse museum and six-acre historic park that sits just 14 miles from the mouth of the Potomac River.

Piney Point, MD

View of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park

Spectacular views, diverse wildlife and fantastic beaches make this park a popular Chesapeake destination. The 786 acre park provides a variety of recreational opportunities such as swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating, and windsurfing.

Annapolis, MD

Sotterley Plantation

Sotterley Plantation

Sotterley Plantation, on the banks of the Patuxent River, is the only remaining Tidewater Plantation in Maryland open to the public. This National Historic Landmark allows you to step back in time to experience early plantation life along the Chesapeake.

Hollywood, MD

July 20, 2015

Main image: The rivers that flow to the Bay, such as the Potomac River seen from an overlook at Great Falls Park, provide absolutely stunning water views. (Image courtesy: Chris Spielmann / National Park Service)
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