From the Severn River Scenic Overlook (near Annapolis, Md.): On Route 450 outside Annapolis, a beautiful stone porch offers stunning views of the Severn River and the U.S. Naval Academy. It's also the site of a World War II memorial, with summaries of the major battles and obelisks bearing the names of Marylanders who gave their lives in World War II.
At Great Falls of the Potomac (near Potomac, Md.): Just outside of Potomac, on the C&O Canal, a series of walkways will take you over the Great Falls of the Potomac. Stand above the piles of jagged rocks as the Potomac River rushes over them and down to the sea, the steepest and most spectacular fall-line rapids of any Eastern river. On a sunny Sunday, the walkways will be crowded, but the falls are worth the trouble.
On the Bay Bridge (Md.): When you get to the middle of this bridge, you'll have a wonderful view of the Chesapeake. Maryland's Eastern Shore stretches down one terminus, while the view of the Western Shore includes Annapolis south of the bridge, and two lighthouses north of the bridge. The closest is the Sandy Point Light, and the farther one is the Baltimore Light.
Atop the Mountain at Wisp Resort (McHenry, Md.): Ride the ski lift to the top, and before you go schussing down, take in the snow-covered slopes, the vast white expanse of Deep Creek Lake lined with the tracks of the occasional snowmobile, and a sky as blue as it can be.
From the Brandywine River Museum (Chadds Ford, Pa., in the Brandywine Valley): While the art at this museum is dazzling, don't forget to look out the windows. The view of the river meandering under the canopy of trees is peaceful, though a riot of color in fall.
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