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The Charles River Baltimore Getaway

Apr 1, 2008
The massive urban jungle of Baltimore would likely be the very last spot that one would even consider for an outdoor oriented vacation getaway destination. Nevertheless, if you take a closer look at the city, particularly along the edges, you might just find that there is a great outdoor vacation to be had here. The Charles River, the tributary flowing directly through the heart of the city, is a kaleidoscope of outdoor getaway potential just by itself. To accent this, it is, as we stated before, in the heart of Baltimore, making it possible to have the best of worlds, the outdoor vacation and the urban getaway!

There are so very many things that one can do along this scenic waterfront. On an everyday basis the citizens of Baltimore take advantage of this great place. Many locals will get up in the morning a couple of hours before work, get dressed, and go jogging along the trail that lines the shore of the Charles River. It is a great workout as well as a great way to see the scenery. Nothing starts a day better than a beautiful sight such as the crystal blue/green waters of the Charles River as the sun peaks over the horizon. On that same note, this trail is also excellent for bike riding, skating, skateboarding and even something as simple as a peaceful walk to just enjoy the environment.

Another popular outdoor activity is that of kayaking on the Charles River itself. You will truly find peace in the careful mix of the natural art of the river in contrast with the man-made art of the city's scenic buildings. Imagine floating down this lovely river, allowing the slow moving current to do most of the work while you occasionally dip the oar into the lovely placid water. Just reading about it makes you want to curl up and take a nap. It is just that relaxing and peaceful! Do not worry if you don't have your own kayak or canoe as there are plenty of nearby places to rent them.

If you are here during the right time of year, you can be on the other side of the kayaking experience as this is the location of the Head of the Charles Regatta. This is a race with over five thousand experienced professional kayak racers competing for the title of the worlds' best! You will truly sit in awe as you see these athletes flying across the water at speeds that one would not think is possible without the help of a motor! As original outdoor sporting events go, this is one of the best to be seen.

Your outdoor trip to the city can go on to include such options as fishing, tanning, Skiing, or even taking local river cruises. It's almost like getting a city vacation and a beachfront vacation in one package. If you like the city and the outdoors both and are having trouble making up your mind which one to go for this year, get both in the urban jungle of Baltimore Maryland on the shores of the Charles River.
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