Mid Atlantic, US east coast. Think Washington DC. DC sits on the Potomac River, which is a large tributary to the Chesapeake. It's not large, by any means, up by DC, but as you go south, it gets quite large. The Chesapeake is the largest inland estuary in the US. Maryland surrounds it on all sides, except for a small portion which Virgina has some shoreline, just before it dumps into the Atlantic. It is *extremely* beautiful. Considered the sailing capital of the world. I think there are more sailboats on the Cheasapeake than residents. There's lots of stuff on the 'net about it. The US Naval Academy sits right about in the middle, in Annapolis.
Here's a picture of the Chesapeake Bay Bridges. They are at the narrowest part of the Bay (4.3 miles). The mouth of the Chesapeake is about 15 miles wide. I think it's about 50+ miles long
[This message has been edited by JohnH (edited May 11, 2001).]</FONT>