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Travel to Delaware, USA
Delaware History Trail
Featuring 36 historic attractions stretching across all three counties (Kent, Sussex and New Castle), the Delaware History Trail is the perfect activity for those up to a challenge. Prior to starting the trail, participants must register with the tourism department and visit at least six designated sites in each county. The prize? A Delaware history book. Still, as America’s first state, the trail is immensely worthwhile. Wilmington was the last stop to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Brandywine Battlefield is the site of the largest Revolutionary War battle. It was Casear Rodney, Delaware’s president in 1776, who cast the vote which passed the Declaration of Independence into being. And as for the other 33 sites? You’ll have to find out firsthand.
On a hot summer’s day, Delawareans (and other East Coasters) flock to Rehoboth Beach to cool off in the Atlantic, find something nice to eat along the one-mile boardwalk and enjoy tax-free shopping. Hailed as one of America’s best beaches for families, Rehoboth is also the perfect place for sand castle competitions and dolphin watching.
Straddling the Pennsylvania-Delaware border, Brandywine Valley is composed of picture-perfect gardens, insightful museums and historic estates. The Hagley Museum, once the home of the wealthy du Pont family, is especially fascinating. Making their fortune from gunpowder mills, the du Ponts built a lavish estate along with the largest French garden in North America. Today, the Hagley Museum houses important 17th- to 19th-century American art.
Founded in 1683 by William Penn, Dover is one of America’s oldest cities with modern day excitement. The Dover International Speedway, otherwise known as the Monster Mile, is alive with action every spring and fall. For a taste of life in colonial times, visit in May for Old Dover Days, a festival honoring Delaware’s historic past. This family-friendly event features Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II encampments along with a rich variety of artisans, crafters and delicious bites.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Spanning 8 miles of protected beach along Delaware Bay, the Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge is home to a variety of birds and waterfowl along with deer, red foxes, beavers, turtles and other critters. Visitors can enjoy the 12-mile wildlife trail, five walking trails and three observation towers, all part of the more than 16,000-acre area.