Designed for travelers who love being near or on the water…or water lovers who enjoy traveling, this book, the first in the new Great Water Destinations series, offers a new perspective on traveling to some of the world’s most popular destinations. Each volume includes essential information on where to go, what to do, and how to best enjoy special adventures on the world’s great oceans, lakes, and rivers.
Great Water Destinations Maryland and Virginia explores the many waterways and activities that make up two of the most exciting and beautiful destinations for water lovers Virginia and Maryland.
It begins with Americas largest estuary, the 200-mile-long Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries, from Havre de Grace at the mouth of the Susquehanna River to Newport News and Norfolk, Virginia, where the Chesapeake Bay empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its a very unique and exciting area that has played important roles in the formation, defense, and development of the United States:
The book covers such large and exciting maritime communities as Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland on the Western Coast of the Bay to Rock Hall, St. Michaels, Cambridge, Smith Island, and Cape Charles on the East Coast of the Bay as well as the Tidewater area of Virginia (Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, and Norfolk).
Along the way readers discover everything from great cruising, sailing, kayaking, fishing, birding, waterfront dining, boat shows, and festivals to interesting local history, maritime museums, special tours, delightful parks, and charming B&Bs for a lifetime of exciting water-related travel memories.
The book also covers major Atlantic coastal communities, including high-octane and family-friendly Ocean City and Virginia Beach as well as the great coastal wildlife refuges of Assateague and Chincoteague. The book gives special attention to boating, fishing, beach bumming, shopping, and dining opportunities in these often crowded summer vacation locations that especially cater to youthful beach and party lovers.
While often over-shadowed by the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coast, Virginias and Marylands inland waterways occupy a special place in this book for those who wish to explore other delightful water destinations. Including major inland rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands, the authors cruise several great rivers that flow into the Chesapeake Bay:
- Potomac, Rappahannock, and James in Virginia
- Patuxent, Susquehanna, Chester, and Choptank in Maryland
They explore four delightful inland lakes:
- Smith Mountain Lake, Lake Anna, and Kerr Lake in Virginia
- Deep Creek Lake in Maryland
Readers will discover Back Bay in Virginia Beach and the Great Dismal Swamp in Suffolk, Virginia. The Krannichs also feature two of Americas most intriguing Ghost Fleets on the Potomac River and Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay Mallows Bay and Kiptopee State Park.
Throughout this exciting book, readers will find everything from river cruises, white water rafting, and kayaking adventures to fly fishing, bass tournaments, simple fishing, and birding along some of Virginias and Marylands great inland waterways.
Great Water Destinations Maryland and Virginia is your passport to exciting water adventures in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. If you follow its seasoned observations and advice, youll have the time of your life near and on the water. The authors know this all too well theyve been there, done that!
Approximately 319 pages. Softcover. 5¼ x 8¼. 2017. $23.95
Ronald L. Krannich, Ph.D., is one of Americas leading career and travel writers who has authored more than 100 books. Suzan Kiepper Krannich, MSW, is a seasoned sailor and boat owner who has spent over 40 years exploring the many treasures and pleasures of the Chesapeake Bay, with special attention to her home bases in Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. Avid boaters, sailors, fishermen, and diners, who feel blessed always being near or on the water, Ron and Suzan currently live on the Occoquan River in Virginia as well as on the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent Rivers in Maryland. They are frequent travelers to some of the worlds great water destinations, be it the coasts and rivers of Maine, Florida, and Hawaii or the Caribbean, Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Dubai, India, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, and Tahiti.