As not the smallest, but first state, Delaware might be viewed as in competition with the nation's capital just right next door at less than one hundred miles away. It offers views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and some parts of Chesapeake Bay to the west. Delaware experiences all four seasons and effects from being so close to the ocean's climate. The good news is that once in Delaware, there is really only a couple of hours driving time from anywhere in the state as it is about one hundred miles long, north to south. Getting to the state's many historical sites is much easier than in others and there is a lot of Colonial history in the area. There's a shipwreck museum on Fenwick Island, numerous lighthouses and the Delaware Aviation Museum in Georgetown. These are only some examples as Delaware has a rich history and became the very first state to ratify the United States Constitution.
The beaches are clean and should be appropriate for the entire family. Boat charters might be available for short maritime excursions if going to Delaware might be one of the few times one is near a major body of water. Depending on how warm it is, swimming could be part of your trip. For sporting enthusiasts, there are dozens of golf courses and the nation's only track that hosts harness and car racing in the same location in which Dover Downs is literally inside the track of the Dover International Speedway. World class malls and shopping centers are sure to entice as well as Delaware's tax free shopping policy. Dover also hosts Dover Air Force Base, one of the largest air bases in the country and a top employer in the state.
Besides the University of Delaware, there is an extension of Drexel University, which is in Wilmington. DuPont is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, and is another large employer and benefactor towards many Delawareans. The DuPont and Brandywine estates are top attractions in the northern part of the state. Delaware offers something for everyone, whether they are interested in outdoor parks or refuges, hitting the beach, enjoying the arts, or learning more about the rich history of the first state. Before planning a trip to Delaware, be sure to check schedules of local events. These are just some ideas and more research should provide more detailed information about the state.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan