Welcome to Delaware – the first state of the United States of America. Despite being the second smallest in size among the 50 states, Delaware gained importance when it became the first to ratify the US constitution on December 7th, 1787. Located in Mid-Atlantic region, this tiny peninsula state juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and boasts of some spectacular beaches. If you think that a state which is just about 96 miles long and approximately 35 miles at its widest, may not have much to offer, it is time you take a second look at Delaware. Historic towns, unique museums, languid beaches, and friendly communities – the Diamond State has it all. Here we bring you a list of some popular places to visit in Delaware:
The capital city of Delaware, Dover, and is a city known both for its historic attractions and for its social life. Dover hosts large scale events such as NASCAR races (Dover International Speedway) and showcases sites of great cultural and historic importance. (First State Heritage Park) The Air Mobility Command Museum, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the Biggs Museum of American Art, and the Delaware State Police Museum and Education Center are popular museums of Dover.
Wilmington is the largest city in the state. The city is green and serene and full of life. The Fort Christina monument, Brandywine zoo, Rothschild Patent Model Collection Museum, Museum of Business History and Technology, and Hagley Museum are the best-known attractions of the city. The Holy Trinity Church is the oldest church in the state.
The scenic and serene town of Newark offers numerous hiking and biking trails. Carpenter State Park and the White Clay Creek State Park are among the greatest attractions around Newark.
Harrington Raceway & Casino in Harrington, the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, the Cannonball House and Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck of Lewes, the Nemours Mansion & Gardens and the Grand Opera House of Wilmington are among the best-known attractions of the state of Delaware.
Of the 30 states with the coastline, Delaware beaches are known for their excellent water quality. Now, let’s take a look at some of the best-loved beaches of Delaware:
Rehoboth Beach – Rehoboth Beach, often called ‘Nation’s Summer Capital,’ is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful and mile-long boardwalk lined by colorful shops and quaint cottages. Rehoboth Beach hosts a number of music festivals and entertainment events and is an excellent getaway for a family holiday.
Dewey Beach – A short walk from Rehoboth Beach is the beautiful beach at Dewey. This beach offers a number of fun and entertainment options such as nightclubs. This is the perfect beach for surfing and waterboarding enthusiasts.
Bethany Beach – Bethany Beach in Delaware is relatively quieter and less crowded than the other beaches of Delaware but it is this calm seclusion that makes it more attractive particularly to couples. The boardwalk is lined by restaurants and shops and the views are breathtaking.
Lewes Beach – Another quiet but shallow beach which is loved by families and children is the Lewes Beach. This is a calm beach with a quaint boardwalk which also allows tourists to swim in the warm waters.
Despite being small in size, Delaware is rich in natural beauty and caters to adventure enthusiasts. The state has 17 state parks that offer some breathtaking views and wonderful opportunities for hikers. The Fort Delaware State Park, the Trap Pond State Park, Lums Pond State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park are among the oldest in the state. A visit to the First State Heritage State Park is an educational experience. The Auburn Heights Preserve features the mansion and home of the Marshall family. The Marshall Steam Museum located here has the largest collection of steam powered cars in the world.
As you travel across the beautiful state of Delaware do check in to these historic and luxurious hotels and sample some of their famed hospitality as well –
The Inn at Montchanin Village – Built in a 19th century village, this property comprises 11 individual buildings built on sprawling gardens.
Hotel Du Pont, Wilmington – One of the grandest and oldest hotels in the country, Hotel Du Pont has been open since 1913.
Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington Christiana, Newark – This is one of the most luxurious hotels in the state.
Dover Downs Hotel and Casino – A luxurious hotel with casino and spa in the capital of Delaware.
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