ABOUT MAP: Delaware is the second-smallest and the sixth least-populous state of the United States. It is located on the Atlantic Coast in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country. It is bordered to the north by Pennsylvania, to the northeast by New Jersey, while Maryland is its southern and western neighbor.
Delaware was home to many Native American tribes, like the Lenape and Nanticoke before European exploration started in
Delaware is divided into three counties: New Castle, Sussex, and Kent. The state is a level plain with a mean elevation of just 60 feet above sea level. The state is a part of the Delmarva Peninsula. It has two main geographical characteristics, the Piedmont plateau in the north and coastal plain in its south and east. The southern boundary of the state is a swamp land.
Due to its proximity to the ocean, Delaware has a moderate climate. The southern portion of the state has a milder climate than the northern part.
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Despite its small size, Delaware has a lot to offer to its visitors. Some popular tourist destinations of the state include:
New Castle: The county of New castle has a wide range of attractions from gardens, museums to historic towns. Some important gardens and museums of the county include Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Delaware Art Museum, and Hagley Museum and Library. A hub of art and culture, New Castle has some world class entertainment venues like the Grand Opera House and DuPont Theatre. Your trip to Delaware would be incomplete without a visit to historic towns such as the Old New Castle and Odessa.
Sussex: Southern Delaware is known for its breathtaking beaches like the Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and the Bethany Beach. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, do visit the Trap Pond State which offers ample hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and bird watching opportunity. The park is also famous for its Bald Cypress trees. The county hosts the annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin, which enjoys worldwide popularity. The Cape Henlopen State Park is another place of interest. It houses some World War II observation towers which make it a great place for history buffs to visit.
Kent: Indulge in some nerve wracking car racing action in the Dover International Speedway where NASCAR race weekend is held twice a year. You can also get some first-hand experience of the real action behind the wheels in the Monster Racing Experience. If interested in history, do not miss First State Heritage Park, Old State House, and the Johnson Victrola Museum. Wildlife aficionados must visit the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, known for migratory birds, beavers, foxes, and rich vegetation.
Joined the UnionDec 7, 1787
NicknameThe First State
Area2490 sq. mi
Highest PointNear the Ebright Azimuth
Lowest PointAtlantic Ocean sea level
Time ZoneEastern: UTC -5/-4