Compact, atmospheric Delaware isn’t well known as a tourist destination, which means that its stunning beaches, charming colonial towns and beautiful forests come without the crowds that head to its neighboring states. Lounge on long and empty stretches of sandy coastline, visit historic landmarks and trek through untouched swaths of nature, all within the second smallest state in the nation.
Delaware’s official nickname is “The First State,” as it was the first of the original 13 colonies to put its name on America’s new constitution. Explore cities such as Wilmington and New Castle to find sites that date back to the state’s pre-revolutionary years. Amstel House, Hendrickson House and Fort Christina all provide a fascinating look at life for colonizers in this corner of New England.
In Chateau Country, wander around the vast homes from Delaware’s most prosperous years. Stately mansions lie hidden in the woods that line the Brandywine River and several host fascinating museums in these historic settings. Explore French-style Nemours Mansion and Gardens, marvel at the scale of Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and learn about Delaware’s industrial past in the Hagley Museum and Library.
Spend days by the ocean in Rehoboth Beach, a lively, modern town with malls, entertainment venues and a stunning coastline. Sunbathe on the beach or go for a swim in some of the cleanest water in the nation.
Surround yourself with nature in Delaware’s state parks. Cape Henlopen State Park stretches around a small peninsula at the entrance to Delaware Bay. Kayak through the waters of Trap Pond State Park or join one of its hiking trails.
Spend big in the shopping malls of Delaware and don’t worry about taxes in this financially independent state. Browse for the latest fashions in chic Christiana Mall or simply wander along the Main Streets of atmospheric old towns such as Newark and Milford.
Delaware is located near major cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. and can be reached easily by car. Visit in summer for warm days by the ocean or come in fall to see the region’s dazzling multicolored foliage.