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Mariners’ Museum offers a voyage of discovery for every visitor

At the Mariners' Museum, 90,000 square feet of exhibition galleries house six permanent exhibits, including the creations of pre-eminent model makers August and Winifred Crabtree; short-term exhibits; the International Boat collection; and the USS Monitor exhibit and more.

January 30, 2018

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Patapsco a park for all seasons, reasons

Patapsco Valley State Park is more than 14,000 acres and includes 32 miles along its namesake river. Originally called a “forest preserve” or “river forest park,” Patapsco is a wilderness at Baltimore’s doorstep.

November 30, 2017

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Visitors learn it’s all about the wildlife at Patuxent Research Refuge

The Patuxent Research Refuge is the nation's only National Wildlife Refuge established to support wildlife research. Tour portions of 12,000 acres along the upper Patuxent River, and a visitor center on regional and national wildlife.

November 13, 2017

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Digging into Washington’s past

If George Washington actually did chop down a cherry tree and refuse to lie about it, the incident probably happened at Ferry Farm, his boyhood home along the Rappahannock River. Visit the farm and learn about our first President.

November 6, 2017

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Blue Ridge Parkway’s distracting diversity

The Blue Ridge Parkway, which some have dubbed “America’s favorite road trip” is a 469-mile blend of nature, history and culture that connects Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina-Tennessee border.

September 25, 2017

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Steamboats engineered change along the Chesapeake

If you follow the history of the Chesapeake Bay steamboat era, you’ll learn much about the Bay region as a whole. The rise and fall of these vessels between 1813 and 1962 is, in many ways, the story of lives and communities connected by water and enhanced by the power of steam.

June 5, 2017

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Get on board for stand-up paddling

Stand-up paddle boarding came to the Chesapeake Bay region about seven years ago and shows no signs of waning. The sport is growing in popularity: There are paddle board races, paddle board team-building activities, paddle board yoga, paddle board youth camps and even a cool nickname for the sport — SUP.

May 22, 2017

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Dark skies shed light on Shenandoah stars

If you live in a light-flooded landscape, consider leaving the lights behind, perhaps on a one-with-nature trip to a national park, to find out what you are missing. Shenandoah National Park offers some of the region’s most unadulterated views of night skies and has several programs to help visitors appreciate them.

May 15, 2017

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Warm air masks coldwater dangers for paddlers

If you are determined to hit the water, don’t act on impulse. Plan ahead. Investigate a full range of safety gear and, most importantly, test it in the water, close to shore, with others present.

April 24, 2017

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Museums, trails, river lure visitors to Port Royal, VA

The Rappahannock River was once essential for commerce and transportation, and Port Royal boomed because of it. Although that’s no longer the case, opportunities for recreation on and near the river are drawing visitors to this sleepy town at the crossroads of VA Route 301 and Route 17.

April 17, 2017

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Getting to know Michaux Forest will rock your world

Michaux State Forest is a landscape first formed by shifting continents, later by the blaze of iron furnaces and then the stewardship of state foresters. It’s an epic chain of custody, linked by the movement of rocks and minerals, that gave birth to a forest, which was in turn pillaged, then restored.

April 10, 2017

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Patuxent Research Refuge serves humans, flora and fauna

The Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD, is a wonderful surprise, a 12,841-acre nature preserve tucked between two major cities that is a world unto itself.

April 3, 2017

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