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DelawareUnited States of America

Rehoboth Beach which includes a sandy beach and tropical scenes

To experience the colorful scenery and gorgeous coastline of New England without the crowds, visit the quiet and welcoming state of Delaware.

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.

Popular cities in Delaware

Rehoboth Beach featuring general coastal views, a sunset and a beach
Rehoboth Beach
Known for Beach View, Walking and Shopping
Cool off in clear water, soak up the friendly atmosphere, and enjoy some high-quality food and handcrafted beer at one of the North East’s best-loved beach towns.

Reasons to visit

  • Fenwick Island Beach
  • Lewes Beach
  • Funland
Wilmington showing heritage elements
Wilmington
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly
With music festivals, lively neighborhoods, museums and wineries, this “midway city” between Washington, D.C. and New York is an attraction in its own right. 

Reasons to visit

  • Brandywine Valley
Delaware which includes a lake or waterhole
Dover
Known for Seafood, Family-Friendly and Shopping
The First State’s capital city shares stories of its pioneering heritage over local wines and craft beers.

Reasons to visit

  • Delaware State Capitol
Seaford
Seaford
Known for Seafood, Beach View and Family-Friendly
Trip time! Discover the boating, cafés, and beaches in Seaford.
Odessa
Odessa
Get away to Odessa! Enjoy the history and more.