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What to do in Chesapeake Bay?

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What to do in Chesapeake Bay?

Hi experts,

We're a bunch of friends from Belgium planning a road trip on the East Coast. Through acquaintances of ours, we heard that Chesapeake Bay should be very nice. We're definitely willing to try it out, but we don't really know where to start. We will definitely visit Baltimore, but what next?

We like: great nature, beautiful beaches and awesome food

We don't like: traffic jams, large crowds or tacky places :)

We should hit Chesapeake Bay late August / early September 2010.

Thanks beforehand!


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1. Re: What to do in Chesapeake Bay?

Well I definitely think you would enjoy Annapolis, as it is a very unique state capital that sits on the Severn River that flows into the Chesapeake Bay. There are plenty of good restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes, live music, historical features, festivals, kayaking, sailing boat tours, etc, to keep you busy. And if you stay in the historic district, you don't have to drive anywhere, as everything is walking distance (if you are healthy and mobile). Nearby, is Sandy Point State Park which is the largest beach on the Chesapeake.

Baltimore and Annapolis are the largest metropolitan areas on the Bay (Annapolis only being 35,000). Most of the other towns/villages are small, quiet and quaint. St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore and Solomons Island on the Western Shore are go to places in the summer, with lots of boating, biking, seafood eating, and relaxing.

Near Solomons, Calvert Cliffs State Park is a great place to hike and look for shark's teeth. It has a beach. Also nearby is the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary, which is small but fascinating. Further South of here is Point Lookout State Park, which lies at the confluence of the mighty Potomac River and the Bay. It is quite impressive and has a beach and fishing pier.

Much of the Bay towns are good representatives of what life used to be like years ago. Not a whole lot has changed except for the number of people who make their living off the water. It's a good dose of the other side of American life, where wildlife, water, and nature still steal the show.

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2. Re: What to do in Chesapeake Bay?

I think that the best way to enjoy the chesapeake is on the water. So that means taking a sail or other tour or rent a boat. You won't find great beaches, it's hard to find any beaches unlike the ocean.

Assateague Island could be an option for the nature stuff.

Rock Hall is one of those small unspoiled towns to experience


As you can see from this map, there aren't always direct driving routes to places along the bay.


The bay is huge. So, I suggest finding a small area to explore.

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3. Re: What to do in Chesapeake Bay?

Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement are outstanding attractions which are near Chesapeake Bay. Although they are popular, neither of them is extremely crowded. See http://www.history.org and http://www.historyisfun.org

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4. Re: What to do in Chesapeake Bay?

I'd suggest Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, especially if you could rent canoes or kayaks, but you'd see nice wildlife even by car. totally agree with assateague island, also.

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5. Re: What to do in Chesapeake Bay?

Thank you very much for your great tips! They really help!

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