Delaware

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Delaware's founding fathers signed the U.S. Constitution before others, earning Delaware the nickname "the First State." Although rich in colonial political history, today the state is a business leader—64% of Fortune 500 companies are here. Shoppers love Delaware, too, as the state imposes no sales tax.

Varied landscapes keep Delaware from feeling like America’s second-smallest state. Rolling hills and hardwood forests lay north. Vast tidal marshes and dunescapes line the shore. Gleaming corporate center Wilmington is a short train ride to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Find colonial charm in New Castle, tourist bustle at Rehoboth Beach, and calm at Bombay Hook bird sanctuary in Smyrna.

Industrial giant E. I. du Pont dominated Delaware for generations. Many public institutions bear the du Pont name. Family estates and the company's early headquarters and gunpowder works are showplace museums. Major northern parks and preserves were carved from family holdings.

Most of the state lies on the flat, fertile Delmarva Peninsula. Until the mid-20th century, this region was devoted to agriculture, shipping, fishing, and shipbuilding. Towns display a diverse architectural legacy. Medieval elements appear in Lewes, settled by the Dutch in 1637. Rehoboth Beach’s Victorian past emerges in gingerbread-style cottages.

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Bethany Beach

This charming, all-American, seaside town has all the hallmarks of a classic beach vacation: vintage cottages, ice cream on the oceanfront boardwalk...

Centreville

The village is aptly named: Centreville, Delaware, founded in 1750 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was a midway point...

Dover

Delaware’s capital city is more than its handsome Old State House and Legislative Hall. History buffs find museums dedicated to old airplanes...

Lewes

Delaware’s first settlement, Lewes began as a Dutch whaling and trading post in 1631. Today, it’s known as the state’s first town. Quaint downtown...

New Castle

Five miles south of Wilmington on Route 9 is a barely commercialized gem of a town with restored colonial houses, cobblestone streets, and historic...

Rehoboth Beach

Cozy and tony at the same time, Rehoboth Beach has been a destination since Native Americans in pre-colonial times came for seafood and salubrious...

Wilmington

Wilmington, the state's commercial hub and largest city, was founded in 1638 as a Swedish settlement and successively taken over by the Dutch...

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