With the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop the miles of adventure are unlimited. Explore for a day, escape for a long weekend, or spend a vacation week, or more, enjoying all there is to see and do. Travel Maryland’s Scenic Byways to get where you’re going and immerse yourself in Chesapeake culture. Thrill to the flavors of Maryland blue crabs hot from the steamer; fresh Chesapeake Bay oysters shucked raw; rockfish grilled to perfection; and, of course, unforgettable Smith Island Cake. Stand at the water’s edge and lose yourself to Chesapeake Bay breezes. With so many options, planning an itinerary can seem tough, so in the spirit of true Chesapeake hospitality, let us give you a hand. To make the most of the time you have, here are some tips to get the most memories per mile.
Long weekend? Mini mid-week vaca? With Three Days to have fun, think about one of these options:
- Do the Loop! Travel the entire Great Chesapeake Bay Loop and stop at two of the Quintessential Chesapeake Bay Towns and fit in a couple Experiences Along the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop. You will spend a fair amount of time traveling, but you will have total bragging rights about circumnavigating the entire Chesapeake Bay!
- Looking for a mixture of urban and rural? Explore the upper half of the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop, stay at two Quintessential Chesapeake Bay Towns and add some great Experiences Along the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop. The upper half of the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop is a quick drive that mixes the urban oases of Baltimore and Annapolis with traditional Chesapeake towns like Rock Hall, Chestertown, and Havre de Grace.
- Fan of amazing engineering? The lower half of the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop has what you desire--the 20-mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The bridge tunnel will enable you to cross over, and under, the mouth of Bay as you explore the scenic rural areas of Maryland and Virginia. You will pack more miles on this loop, but there will be plenty of time to enjoy at least two Quintessential Chesapeake Bay Towns and a couple of Experiences Along the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop.
A wonderful vacation week of Seven Days, or more, in front of you?
Do the Loop, take your time and take it all in!
Consider adding a side trip to these amazing places within arm’s reach of the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop:
National Harbor/Washington, DC --- Smithsonian Institutions
To help you plan your Chesapeake Bay adventure, here’s some suggestions to get the most memories per mile: