DoverUnited States of America

The First State’s capital city shares stories of its pioneering heritage over local wines and craft beers.

The capital of Delaware, U.S.A.’s first state, offers plenty to see and do: a rich American heritage, relaxing lakeside space, local wines and craft beer. Dover was established as a court town for Kent County in 1683 and is home to a range of historical landmarks. Follow the Delaware History Trail, with 36 sites of the small state’s pioneering past, grand estates and museums.

Go back in time to a 19-century village at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, which is open from Tuesdays through Saturdays. Learn how the Delaware farming community has put food on the table for generations with the museum’s informative tours and programs. Visit the First State Heritage Park to see historic estates such as the Old State House, Delaware Legislative Hall and the antique wooden John Bell House. The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries are open seven days a week.

Discover Delaware’s acclaimed wineries and breweries on the Wine and Ale Trail, starting at the Wilmington riverfront and continuing to the Atlantic Ocean. Explore Dover’s secluded Silver Lake, the source of the St. Jones River, and its surrounding park. Pack a picnic lunch to grill on the provided barbeques. Walk around the park’s paths and watch ducks peacefully paddling on the water.

Watch and listen to the roaring engines of the twice-annual NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway. Travel around Dover with the cheap and convenient Dart Bus system or your personal or rental car.

Just 85 miles (136 kilometers) from Philadelphia and 65 miles (104 kilometers) from Annapolis, Dover is easy to get to. Catch an Amtrak train to Wilmington or a flight to New Castle Airport, both approximately an hour’s drive north from Dover. Summers in Dover are hot and humid, and winters are relatively mild. Despite very light snow conditions, low temperatures and rain can continue into spring, so pack appropriate warm clothing.

Visit Dover for an interesting glimpse into the nation’s past and a thoroughly modern culture.

Top Hotels in Dover

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dover
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dover
2.5 out of 5
1780 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE
The price is $116 per night

Situated in Dover, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Delaware State Police Museum and Education Center and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Delaware State University. Delaware ...

4.4/5Excellent! (723 reviews)

"Great place to stay at. The Host was friendly host, the was clean and smelled like it was sanitized/disenfected. We travel with our own disinfectants to ensure cleanliness. It was nice and Quiet, close to all types of stores such as Macy's, Boscovs, Roses, Walmart, Big Lots. Plenty restaurants to ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dover
Comfort Inn & Suites
Comfort Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
699 North Dupont Boulevard, Milford, DE
The price is $90 per night

Situated in Milford, this hotel is within 32 mi (52 km) of Dover International Speedway, Lewes Beach, and Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.

4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)

"Very nice clean modern room with lots of room! Easy access and very nice staff."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Comfort Inn & Suites
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
4 out of 5
1131 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE
The price is $75 per night

Situated in Dover, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Delaware State Police Museum and Education Center, Dover International Speedway, and Delaware State ...

4.4/5Excellent! (764 reviews)

"I love all the extra steps they have taken to keep the roo. And casino safe during Corona season .Rooms and bed great .We was alsi given masks hand sanitizers gloves and wiipes at check in ,"…"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

Popular places to visit in Dover

Dover International Speedway
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Dover International Speedway

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Catch an event at Dover International Speedway during your trip to Dover. Add the area's casinos or shops to your travel plans.

Top things to do in Dover

Dover Scavenger Hunt: Jewel Among States
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Dover Scavenger Hunt: Jewel Among States

$20
Per adult
Guided Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard Excursion in Rehoboth Bay
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Guided Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard Excursion in Rehoboth Bay

$55
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour in Rehoboth Bay
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Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour in Rehoboth Bay

$45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Guided Kayak Excursion
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Guided Kayak Excursion

$45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Shared Shuttle: Baltimore Airport - (BWI)
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Shared Shuttle: Baltimore Airport - (BWI)

$128
Per adult
Dover Puzzling Adventure
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Dover Puzzling Adventure

$30
Per adult

Reviews of Dover

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

I didn't have enough time to do all the activities, it was only an overnight stay. I would definitely come back seeing and do more.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Great place had family living there. Even thinking about one day moving there in the future.

1/5 - Terrible

SLR

Feb 16, 2020

Don’t stay here. It smells like a chain smoker and there’s zero amenities. The soaps are even cheap. The side door was left propped open which is unsafe and when I spoke to the front desk that says it’s because they’re moving stuff.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Small, quaint, historic city with friendly people..

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

We love Dover

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 2, 2020

I gave you the truth and the whole truth and nothing but the truth. See you in the 2020.

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