Cruising up the majestic Potomac River – the second largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay – is a breathtaking rite of passage for any boater. In 1608 John Smith mapped the Potomac, President George Washington was born, lived and died on it, and our nation’s capital was established on it. It’s a waterway that shaped our country. It’s as enticing and intriguing now as it was then. And, once you get close to the nation’s capital, one of the most famous waterfronts in the U.S. is on the horizon and waiting to be explored.
The Potomac, from end to end, meanders 405 glorious miles from Point Lookout, Maryland all the way up to Fairfax Stone Historical Monument State Park in West Virginia.
If you’ve passed the wide mouth of the Potomac River as you’ve cruise up and down the Chesapeake Bay, but never ventured in, don’t wait another season. Chart a course that will allow you to soak in the river’s history and sheer size, stop in places you’ve never visited, and experience our nation’s capital by boat.
About half way up the Potomac you’ll come upon Colonial Beach, Virginia. This quaint riverside resort town has the second-longest public beach in Virginia. You can walk the shops, pubs and restaurants or relax on the beach with your toes in the sand. Chances are you’ll also catch a glimpse of our national symbol, the bald eagle. This entire region is renowned for bird watching. And if you enjoy speed, It’s also the home of the Colonial Beach Dragway.
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