From the Historic Moments to the Hidden Gems in Delaware
From the best kept secrets to the places of history making moments in Delaware. From one-of-a-kind museums to hidden gems, you’ll walk the path of history and may also find some favorites of the first state’s first President-Elect.
One of the most popular televised locations across the country in recent weeks, the Riverfront is located along the Christina River and has not only been election central but is also a scenic collection of walkways, shopping, restaurants, and museums. Find the perfect insta-worthy moment along the front of the Delaware Children’s Museum with a piece of artwork from the
Delaware Discoveries Trail showcasing a world map and native Delaware plants.
Air Mobility Command Museum
Situated near the Dover Air Force Base, the Air Mobility Command Museum is home to more than 30 historic, heavy-lifting US military aircraft. Most notably Air Force Two, the official plane of many U.S. Vice Presidents.
First State National Historical Park
Delaware’s history is on display all throughout historical locations found across the state, telling tales central to America’s story. In Central Delaware, you’ll find The Green, Colonial-era public square that was home to the Golden Fleece, where Delaware voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In Northern Delaware, you’ll find the New Castle Court House, where abolitionists faced trial, Colonial-era delegates broke ties with Pennsylvania and Great Britain, creating the state of Delaware, and where the Declaration of Independence was read from when it was issued by Congress.
Cape Henlopen State Park
This scenic location is known for its beautiful beaches and relaxing trails. For those keen to historic moments, Cape Henlopen State Park is also home to Fort Miles. Originally constructed as one of our nation’s most important East Coast defensive fortifications, Fort Miles and it’s observation towers now stand as reminders of the nation’s WWII home front history while offering 360 degree scenic views of the seascape and surrounding areas.
Junction Breakwater Trail
Lewes and Rehoboth Beach
Starting in historic Lewes, the first town in the first state, Junction Breakwater Trail is perfect for hikes, bikes, and runners looking to experience scenic vistas. Along the trail, Gordons Pond observation decks provide the perfect views of sunrises over the iconic WWII towers nestled in the sandy beach. As you travel on the trail to Rehoboth, spend the afternoon shopping on the avenue, find a new novel from Browseabout Books, noted as a local favorite of the Biden family and you have to try iconic boardwalk fare with sweet caramel corn from Fisher’s Popcorn and Thrasher’s French Fries (with vinegar, of course).
How to get here
Biden Welcome Center
Traveling into Delaware from up North and don’t know where to begin? Located off of I-95 you’ll find the Biden Welcome Center, named for the family of President-elect Joe Biden. Here you can gather all of your information on local and statewide attractions, events, and activities.
Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Railroad Station
For those looking to travel in and out of state comfortably the Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Railroad Station in Wilmington, named for Vice President and President-Elect Joe Biden, is one of Amtrak’s busiest stops serving nine routes. Perfect for traveling to and from Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, the station also has stores, a cafe, and car rental office (if you plan on staying a while.)
Places to dine
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
Found throughout Delaware, Capriotti’s was first dreamt up in Wilmington by Lois Margolet and her brother Alan with the goal to create a sandwich for “real turkey lovers.” And the sandwich that everyone talks about, which also happens to be a favorite of President-Elect Joe Biden? That would be the “Bobbie”, made with their homemade slow roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo.
Charcoal Pit, also known as the “Pit” to its loyal customers, began as a small four table and counter burger joint and grew into an instant success. With it’s award-winning burgers, The Charcoal Pit, is a Delaware tradition and is still being shared across generations. And be sure to save room for their famous Ice Cream Creations, President Obama sure did when he visited in 2014 at the recommendation of Vice President Biden.
This sandwich shop is only a short distance from Wilmington and is a must stop for dog lovers, with sandwiches named for different breeds of dogs and the interior decorated with photos and art from their dog loving loyal customers. Maybe we’ll soon find a photo of the first rescue dog to be in the White House, Major.
It doesn’t get much cooler than this Northern Delaware restaurant located in a renovated blacksmith shop at The Inn at Montchanin. Known not only for it’s whimsical decor, you’ll find tiger-print chairs and military-garbed feline portraits, but also for it’s fresh and locally sourced creative cuisine. And if you’re looking to celebrate, a successful political campaign perhaps, they have a private dining-room on the second floor, aptly named the Crow’s Nest.
Take in the flavors of Southern Delaware when visiting Rehoboth Beach. Boasting fresh local seafood prepared simply to let the flavors shine, Bluecoast is a “hip take on the local seafood house”. It’s Rehoboth location is the second location, opened after the success of Bluecoast Bethany. Conveniently located on Route 1, it’s the perfect way to end a day of shopping at the Tanger Outlets.
Wilmington Brew Works
This Wilmington craft brewery is releasing Rail Car One, an IPA that tips its hat to Biden and his daily commute on Amtrak. The beer debuts on December 7, which is Delaware Day. Wilmington Brew Works is housed in a former laboratory which makes for a cool spot to visit while you enjoy a cold can of beer as you toast the incoming president.
Where to stay
Hotel Du Pont
Found in the heart of downtown Wilmington is the historic Hotel Du Pont. Commissioned by DuPont President Pierre S. Du Pont and built in the early 20th century, this luxurious hotel has had many famous guests spend the night, including Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris, Joe DiMaggio, John F. Kennedy, Amelia Earheart, Katherine Hepburn, and more recently Reese Witherspoon, Warren Buffet and Jeff Gordon.
Hilton Garden Inn
Whether you’re visiting Dover for business or for leisure, the Hilton Garden Inn is the perfect spot to make your home base. It’s located near historic downtown Dover, as you visit The Green, and Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, if you’re looking to try your luck at the tables.
Right off of Rehoboth Avenue, you’ll find the hidden gem that is The Bellmoor. Positioned perfectly for guests looking to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the boardwalk, dine in a variety of phenomenal restaurants, and shop along the avenue in small and unique boutiques. And did we mention ice cream? If you love ice cream as much as our President-Elect, you’ll find plenty of great options from Kohr Bros to Royal Treat.
Before visiting Delaware be sure to view our Go-To-Guide for tips on how to #ExploreSafelyDE. Please remember to plan ahead and maintain social distancing. Please wear a face covering and bring hand sanitizer. Make sure to review guidelines before arriving at your destination. Some locations may be operating under different capacity or require reservations. Please remember to stay home if you are sick.