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Sample a potent mix of history and excitement

Drive to Dover, because the capital of Delaware knows how to keep you entertained. Thanks to its role in the creation of the United States, the dynamic city entices history buffs with its wealth of historic sites and fascinating museums. It’s also a destination teeming with modern attractions. A variety of festivals allow you to experience the best of the Northeast, while NASCAR races will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Motorsports and Music at the Dover International Speedway

Those with a need for speed will want to go to motor to the Dover International Speedway. When the track isn’t being used by professional racers, you can rent your own race car and put the pedal to the metal, or even take a ride with a pro race car driver.

The speedway has been hosting NASCAR events since 1969. Home to the NASCAR XFINITY series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Drive Sober 200 and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series, this renowned speedway is a must-visit destination for national and international motorsport fans. There’s ample RV parking throughout the facility, and overnight camping is welcome. When the engines begin to roar, fans can can watch in awe as drivers take on the “Monster Mile” (the fastest one-mile concrete oval in the world) at speeds of over 160 mph.

During mid-June, the NASCAR events take a break so the International Speedway can host the Firefly Music Festival. Spanning four days and attracting over 90,000 music lovers, Firefly showcases some of the best music acts on the globe across seven stages. It’s no wonder it was named one of the best music festivals in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine. Popular acts that have performed here include the Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Outkast and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. After an exciting day at the International Speedway, head next door to Dover Downs Hotel for casino games, horse racing, fine dining and live entertainment.

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Experience Festivals of Fun

Can’t make Firefly Music Festival? Don’t worry, the city throws a variety of festivals year-round. One of the most popular is Dover Days. Dedicated to Delaware’s heritage and culture, Dover Days takes place every May and captivates guests with parades, Maypole Dancing, vintage car rides, food stalls, craft vendors and historic re-enactments of the Civil War. Families can enjoy deep-fried treats and thrilling rodeos at the Delaware State Fair in July, while foodies can sample culinary delights and adult beverages at the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival in autumn.

Wander Back Through Time

You’ve come to the right place if you have a passion for the past. Check out First State Heritage Park to learn about the city’s role in the ratification of the Declaration of Independence. Take a stroll through “The Green” to see the city’s collection of charming historic buildings. You can even enjoy a guided tour through John Dickinson Plantation, which was once the home of a founding father. While you’re here, don’t miss gazing at an impressive collection of American art at the Biggs Museum and hopping inside military aircrafts at the Air Mobility Command Museum.

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