D.C. June 03, 2017
These 11 Charming Waterfront Towns Near Washington DC Are Perfect For A Daytrip
If you are dreaming about a cool breeze off the water and gorgeous waterfront views, you are in luck. DC has plenty of water landscapes thanks to the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers but if you are looking to get out of town and enjoy waterfront views, we have places for you! Explore the 11 best waterfront towns near DC during a day trip this summer.
Alexandria is the closest waterfront town near DC. Stroll down cobblestone streets and dine al fresco while enjoying beautiful views of the Potomac River and DC in the background.
2. Occoquan, VA
Historic Occoquan is just 45 minutes outside of the city in Northern Virginia. The town has 300 years of history and visitors will enjoy relaxing at their beautiful waterfront parks, shopping in the many boutiques and dining at the many waterside restaurants.
3. St. Michaels
St. Michaels in Maryland is a beautiful harbor town that was once named one of the Top 10 Best Small Coastal Towns in America by USA Today. Visitors can sail or boat along the harbor, bike along the waterfront and learn about the rich history of the town during their visit.
4. Solomons Island
An hour outside of DC, Solomons Island is a quaint waterfront village with a beautiful boardwalk overlooking the Patuxent River, marinas, shops and much more! It’s a great place to relax along the water.
Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Cambridge has a thriving downtown area that gives visitors plenty of activities to enjoy. Relax at a waterfront cafe and enjoy the scenic views of the Shoptalk River.
6. Rock Hall
Known as "The Pearl of the Chesapeake," Rock Hall is a charming small town in Maryland. This is an ideal destination for a relaxing day trip. Take a boat out on the Chesapeake Bay, listen to live music as you dine on fresh seafood or explore the nearby National Wildlife Refuge.
The capital of Maryland is not too far of a drive from DC and is a popular waterfront getaway for Washingtonians. It’s one of the best destinations for sailing or boating and is a charming historic area with fantastic attractions.
8. Chesapeake City
Chesapeake City is a hidden gem on the Chesapeake. This historic area has many restored historic homes and shops to explore, as well as, galleries, museums and boat tours. Come to shop, relax and enjoy a peaceful day trip in this idyllic town.
9. Havre de Grace
Situated at the mouth of the Susequehanna River and the head of the Chesapeake Bay, Havre de Grace is a peaceful little waterfront town. Visit the Concord Point Lighthouse and learn about the history of the town before dining on the water at the Havre de Grace Promenade.
Chestertown is a fantastic historic town in Maryland that is home to historic 18th and 19th century row houses lining cobblestone streets. It’s home to Washington College and is probably best known for their famous tea party every year, when the residents reenact the famous tea party of 1774.
Oxford is a charming tiny town that’s often overlooked but makes for a great getaway. It’s home to the famous Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, which is the oldest privately owned ferry in the country and will take you across the Tred Avon River. You can also sail or rent a boat or unwind at Oxford Park, which overlooks the river.
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