Maintain an Eye Out for Eagles
Adjoining to a federal refuge for bald eagles, Mason Neck State Park in Lorton provides lovely vistas and probabilities to identify not solely these majestic birds however al-so swans, turtles, and different wildlife, from a rented canoe or kayak. See dcr.virginia.gov. Distance from DC: 27 miles.
Take a Sundown Sail
The 74-foot Woodwind and Woodwind II in Annapolis are replicas of picket schooners constructed within the early 1900s. Loosen up whereas cruising throughout Annapolis Harbor and searching again on the metropolis because the solar units over the capitol dome. See schoonerwoodwind.com. Distance from DC: 35 miles.
Discover Sunken Sinks
Glide by the naval graveyard of Mallows Bay, Maryland, the place a “ghost fleet” of greater than 100 picket World Conflict I–period ships lie submerged. Join a guided kayak tour ($49 or $75) at charlescountyparks.com. Distance from DC: 43 miles.
Close to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, River Riders and River & Path Outfitters each provide tubing, both on a comparatively quiet stretch of the Shenandoah or on thrilling whitewater within the Potomac. River & Path additionally has multi-day packages that mix tubing, rafting, biking, and different adventures. Distance from DC: 70 miles.
Sit by a Dock on the Bay
On the sting of the Chesapeake, minimalist-chic, dog-friendly Wylder Tilghman Inn provides plenty of methods to benefit from the water: Stare upon it from the porch of a waterfront room, from a hammock, or whereas taking part in a garden recreation. Or hop aboard a canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or sundown cruise. There’s additionally a heated saltwater pool. Distance from DC: 95 miles.
Paddle and Pedal
Dubbed one of many “final nice locations” by the Nature Conservancy, Blackwater Nationwide Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland, teems with bald eagles and waterfowl. To greatest see it, lease a kayak or bike, or take a guided journey, with Blackwater Adventures. Take into account an in a single day keep on the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay resort. Distance from DC: 99 miles.
Take pleasure in a Waterfront Room
Most rooms on the Tides Inn, on Virginia’s Northern Neck, include waterfront views of charming Carter’s Creek, and the resort itself provides a boatload of the way to get out on it, together with electrical Duffy boats, crusing classes, and paddleboard yoga. See tidesinn.com. Distance from DC: 142 miles.
Catch a Wave in Cape Might
Whether or not you’ve got a board or not, benefit from the surf-inspired decor on the eco- and dog-friendly Boarding Home on this quaint Jersey Shore city. Although the seashore is a 15-minute stroll or 5-minute bike experience away, friends on the 11-room retreat get complimentary use of seashore chaises, towels, and an umbrella on the Montreal Seashore Membership. Distance from DC: 142 miles (taking the ferry from Lewes, Delaware) or 189 miles driving round.
Lease a Place on a Lake
There are various methods to make a splash at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland’s largest. You may lease nearly any form of watercraft—standup paddleboard to pontoon boat. The city of McHenry has homes, con-dos, and cabins for lease; lodges; the waterfront Lake Pointe Inn; and Wisp Resort. Distance from DC: 180 miles.
Strive Whitewater Rafting
Head to the nation’s latest nationwide park, the New River Gorge in West Virginia, to expertise a few of the East Coast’s greatest whitewater—from light waves to wilder rapids. You may ebook outings, in addition to lease cabins or camp, at Adventures on the Gorge, ACE Advert-venture Resort, and River Expeditions. Distance from DC: about 300 miles.
This text seems within the Might 2021 concern.