Whether you’re most comfortable in a tent, cabin, yurt, or RV, ample solitude and adventure awaits on your next trip to Delaware.
Delaware is (almost) as tiny as it gets when it comes to U.S. states. Only Rhode Island is smaller in total area. It takes less than 2 hours to drive through Delaware north to south, and half that to drive east to west.
The First State National Historical Park is Delaware's only entry in the National Parks System, but it's spread out over seven sites in four cities. History buffs will find an array of guided tours and exhibits focusing on Delaware's connections to colonial days. If you're looking to explore nature on your own, you're best off in the Beaver Valley location near Wilmington. Here you'll have access to 18 miles of hiking and biking trails spread over 1,100 acres of verdant fields.
If you enjoy time on the water, the peninsula of Cape Henlopen State Park makes a good camping destination. The Delaware Bay sits on its north and west and the Atlantic Ocean sits on its east. Fishing and boating enthusiasts will be right at home here. Kids love the park's educational Seaside Nature Center, where they can see fish swim up close via a 495-gallon, two-level touch tank.
Less than 30 minutes down the Atlantic coast from Cape Henlopen, you'll find the city of Rehoboth Beach. This popular area has a well-earned reputation as a spring-break party destination. Bring your surfboard (and maybe a few brewskis) and prepare to make new friends!
Keep in mind that Delaware can get oppressively humid in late summer months. If you can, schedule your visit for spring or fall to beat the heat.