Trip Ideas


When the Bay Gives You Catfish, Make Fish Tacos

Invasive blue catfish seem to be here to stay. Taking a look at the challenges, threats and opportunities they present to the Chesapeake Bay.

January 31, 2023


The Season of Chesapeake Ospreys

When spring finally arrives to the Chesapeake region, the ospreys slowly return to their nests, staying until late fall after a busy season of raising their chicks.

February 25, 2022


Finding a Susquehanna Sanctuary

In this one place you can fish, hike, camp, birdwatch, explore, or learn about important local history. It’s easy to access and also easy to become immersed in its splendor, escaping the chaos of modern society.

June 20, 2019


Kayak Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay

Lightweight, manually powered, highly customizable, and much more versatile when fishing some of the shallower areas of the region, a kayak grants an angler unique access to the water and fish.

May 22, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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