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Drive 88.4 miles • 2 hours, 10 minutes

Beachcombers and history buffs will find countless treasures in Delaware, the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Walk in the footsteps of colonists in places like New Castle, or stroll the seemingly endless stretches of white sands on Rehoboth Beach on the Atlantic Ocean.




1. New Castle

Starting Point • History

Cobblestone streets and impressive townhomes cultivate colonial ambiance of New Castle. This city on the Delaware River lures visitors to scenic Battery Park or First State National Historic Park, both commemorating the fledgling democracy. New Castle’s colonial era homes include the Georgian mansion known as Amstel House, built in the 1700s. Another is Dutch House, which takes its visitors back to New Castle’s 17th century seafaring days as a newly founded port. Historic Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green is another fascinating site.


2. Milford

64.2 miles, 1 hour, 25 minutes • Entertainment, Food, Nature

Summer officially begins in Delaware with Milford’s annual Brewgrass Music Festival. Live music, local food and, of course, samples from the region’s finest brews are the featured attractions. In addition to its handcrafted suds, the small town exudes old-style charm and a new, artsy edge. Its downtown offers a Riverwalk, with plenty of room for strolls or a bicycle excursion. Visitors can duck into an art gallery and restaurant; for outdoor lovers, there are two special finds—the DuPont and Abbott’s Mill Nature Centers.



3. Rehoboth

24.2 miles, 45 minutes • Entertainment, Nature, Outdoor Recreation, Shopping

A family-friendly, award-winning vacation spot, Rehoboth Beach calls itself the “Nation’s Summer Capital.” Located along the Delaware beaches in eastern Sussex County, Rehoboth Beach offers up a mile-long boardwalk, where cool ocean breezes and culinary pursuits abound. The 2,825-acre Delaware Seashore State Park entices with surfing, sailing and more. There are numerous shops and family-centered amusements, including Funland, a classic summer amusement park with games and rides. Adults can enjoy tax-free shopping at the many galleries and outlet centers in the area.