The Potomac River is not only the Chesapeake Bay’s largest river, it is also the nation’s most historic river. It was the birthplace of the American Revolution and home to many of the country’s early presidents and political leaders. Today it remains an extraordinary river to cruise, kayak and traveler-boat. The 2019 Guide begins the remarkably beautiful trip downriver in Washington D.C., where boaters can stay on Washington Channel at the brand new Wharf, within walking distance of the National Mall and its museums, the Metro and even a grocery store. It moves on to Alexandria and then National Harbor Marina, with its Capital Wheel and new MGM Grand Casino. Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, comes next, and the guide explains how and where to dock or anchor. From there, the Guide describes every creek, bay and tributary along the way downriver, pointing out good cruising spots, marinas and places to put in boats and kayaks.