In honor of me achieving my goal of visiting all 50 US States each day for the next 50 days, I will post a picture of somewhere I have visited in each state and write a paragraph or two about my experience. There is so much to see in every one of them, so I am just selecting one of my best memories.
Day 1 is Delaware. Delaware is often called “The first state as it was the original of the 50 states to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Given that Delaware is the second smallest state you would think there wouldn’t be a lot to see there, but I found the opposite to be true. I especially liked many of the colonial mansions and Gardens of Wilmington, the shipwreck ruins at the Roosevelt inlet and the historic Fort Delaware which protected Delaware harbor and the city of Philadelphia from attack by sea.
My favorite memory of the state is my drive along the many beach town on the Delaware shore. Not as famous or crowded as it’s New Jersey neighbor I spend a lovely afternoon driving down from Philadelphia (about a two-hour trip). I liked the laid back vibe and variety. Each town has its own character. Also, several state parks dot the coast offering a more secluded vista from the city beaches which can be crowded on weekends and holidays. Two excursions I would recommend are taking the ferry across the bay to Cape May New Jersey and taking the backroads across the state into eastern Maryland and crossing the Chesapeake to Annapolis.
Many people just transit through Delaware on their way to D.C or Philadelphia but taking the exit at Wilmington yields many pleasant surprises.