Potomac River
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River separating Washington D.C. from Virginia.
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,161 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Didn't know our first President (George Washington) was born along the river area. You can experience the river many ways by going on a sunset dinner cruise, by a water taxi, etc. I went by foot from the Mount Vernon Trail. Very calming environment.
Written January 22, 2024
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KHATRI_TANZANIA
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania694 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Visited Rosslyn city and opted for a walking tour, passed through the bridge on this river and the view from the bridge was too good for taking scenic photos
Written September 17, 2023
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Robert F
Piscataway2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Just plain nice place to visit for a weekend getaway. Took the Lewes Cap May Ferry from Central NJ by car.
Written September 10, 2023
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,168 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Very pretty River that runs past Washington DC. We also got the river taxi from The Wharf to Georgetown. The area around The Tidal Basin is also really nice for a walk
Written September 10, 2023
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May 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Wide and scenic in both separate disparate locations
* National and historic
* Pleasant and relaxing
* Source of water activities

CONS
Wet

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… for the scenery and it is hard to miss in those two areas of DC and Harpers Ferry. I enjoyed my time observing and watching the river.

ADVICES
If you are in either of these two locations, then you will see the river.
Written July 10, 2023
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Travel_Girl_Reviews
London, UK523 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Its lovely to walk across the bridge and take the view of this beautiful river.

We walked across and then walked up the river in Georgetown.

It’s always full of families, runners and those taking a nice stroll.

Good to remember that this river was an important part of the civil war as it one of the formal divisions.
Written June 3, 2023
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MLC
6 contributions
Aug 2022
The river itself was very nice and seating on the boat afforded good views. However, the guide information was a recording, and it seemed out of sync with where we were on the river at times (you could not actually yet see what was being discussed). It also seemed that trees or brush may have grown up around some of the buildings or monuments - so that also made it difficult to fully appreciate them. Finally, there were lots of inconsiderate people on the boat who were talking loudly over the recording - apparently they were only there to socialize and the boat staff made no effort to ask people to please be quiet. So bottom line - it was a nice boat ride at sunset, but nothing more.
Written September 11, 2022
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Jun 2022 • Solo
• Beautiful wide river at D.C. border
• Calm serene and scenic
• Source of beauty and relaxation
• Many water activities now
• Adjacent to might like in Georgetown and at the Wharf in D.C.

CONS
•Wet

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… as I drive doing its northern and southern banks and bruised it a number of times almost daily during my driving in the area. I suggested to Mrs. Place that we do an excursion from Georgetown or the Wharf, “but nooooooooo.”
Written July 8, 2022
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
Sep 2021
The United States is a nation of rivers, from the Columbia and Colorado in the West, to the Missouri and Mississippi in the Midwest to the Potomac in the East. The Potomac has been described as "The Nation's River" because it has figured in so much of our country's history. My wife and I have viewed the Potomac from our room at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah River at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. We have watched it flow through Washington, D.C, and on past George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. It is historic and scenic and necessary. It runs 405 miles from Fairfax Stone Historic Monument State Park in West Virginia on the Allegheny Plateau to Point Lookout, Maryland, and into Chesapeake Bay. It is the fourth largest river on the East Coast. It was a key factor in the Civil War, dividing North from South, the Union from the Confederacy. Robert E. Lee crossed the Potomac twice in campaigns climaxing in the Battles of Antietam in 1862 and Gettysburg in 1863. Perhaps most importantly, 486 million gallons of water are withdrawn daily from the Potomac for water supply in the Washington, D.C., area, including 80 percent of drinking water consumed by the region's 6.1 million residents.
Written December 9, 2021
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John B
Norristown, PA275 contributions
Mar 2020
Today the Potomac is a beautiful River where you can enjoy a nice walk along it and have a good boat trip as well. In the past, however, this river was heavily polluted and unsanitary. Good we made progress since then. The river adds life and personality to Washington DC. It's amazing something so natural can do that.
Written April 7, 2020
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