Trips and Tips

Looking for a fun way to explore the Chesapeake Bay region? Interested in visiting a historic community, a nature preserve, or paddling down a river near your home? Megan, host of our “Trips and Tips” series, has the information you’re looking for!

Each week, Megan highlights interesting, unusual and off-the-beaten path events taking place from the mouth of Bay to the Susquehanna and everywhere in between. She’ll tell you about fun things to do around the watershed such as cruises in southern Maryland, hikes in on the Susquehanna, paddles on the Nanticoke, or festivals in Baltimore or Richmond.

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Trip Of The Week:Places On The Bay Your Dog Can Enjoy

Tip of the Week: Seniors! One Week Left to Buy A NPS Lifetime Pass Before It Goes From $10 to $80!!

At $10 the Senior Lifetime Pass to National Parks has been an amazing bargain. But Congress just increased it to $80 - the regular price of an America the Beautiful Pass, the annual pass for those under the age of 62. The increase takes place August 28, 2017. You can purchase online for a $10 additional fee, or in person (no additional fee). Make sure to call ahead to ensure that they have passes on hand.

Williamsport C&O Canal Days

C&O Canal Days is a town-wide festival with the weekend jam packed with family-friendly events and entertainment. Arts, crafts and food vendors line the streets throughout the town center and throughout Byron Memorial Park. Watch films about the canal in the historic Cushwa Warehouse Visitor Center; explore canal exhibits in the Trolley Barn; borrow a bicycle and ride the towpath; walk down to Lock 44 and see the old locktenders house; take a ride on the canal in a launch boat (reservations recommended at 301-582-0813). Aug. 26-27, 9am-4:30pm; Williamsport. More information.

A 19th Century Bake Sale at Harpers Ferry

Celebrate Women Bike Ride

Peek behind the scenes of the iconic memorials and lesser-known sites around Pennsylvania Avenue to discover the extraordinary contributions women have made to our national story. Bring your own bike, lock, helmet, and water. Ranger-led Bike Ride (about 3-5 miles). Free. Aug. 26, 1pm-4:30pm. More information.

Chesapeake Ghostwalk

Tubing the Gunpowder

Beat the summer heat with a leisurely tubing trip down the Big Gunpowder Falls! Meet at Monkton Station for a 1.8 mile hike up the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail then a two-hour float back to Monkton Station. Wear sunscreen, swimsuits or shorts and sturdy shoes that can get wet. Tubes and PFDs are provided as part of the $5 fee. Ages 10+. Aug. 28, 5pm-7:30pm; Monkton. Pre-registration (required) and more information.