Find new discoveries during a road trip through Delaware. Drive along scenic roads to explore top spots off the beaten path. Whether you have a several days or just a weekend, get inspired to build the perfect road trip through Delaware with these ideas: For the outdoor lover Northern: Head to Brandywine Creek State Park and take the unpaved 4-mile round trip trail right along the water or bring an innertube on warmer days to...
Day Trip to Delaware
Sandy beaches, scenic state parks, local craft breweries, and historical sites – the state of Delaware is full of exciting discoveries waiting just for you. Not sure where to start? Here's a quick guide to help plan your next day trip.
Morning: Explore Hagley Museum and Library along the banks of the Brandywine River, with tours of its restored mills, workers’ community, and ancestral home of the du Pont family.
Lunch: At Pizza by Elizabeths, you can dine on healthy pizzas made with fresh, all-natural ingredients and then get your tax-free shopping fix at Greenville Center.
Dinner: Head downtown in Wilmington to enjoy a modern twist on classic Italian cuisine at the James Beard nominated Bardea Food & Drink.
Where to stay: Stay along Riverfront Wilmington at the Homewood Suites, for breathtaking views of the river and easy access to all of the city’s dining, shopping, and entertainment.
Morning: Head out early to hike and paddle your way around Killens Pond State Park. Enjoy the 2.6 mile trail that loops around the millpond, or take to the water for a relaxing boat ride.
Lunch: Head to downtown Milford to dine on the sweet and savory offerings of My Sister’s Fault, a Puerto Rican inspired bakery serving up empanadas and delicious baked goods.
Evening: Stop by Blue Earl Brewing in Smyrna to enjoy delicious craft beers. Dedicated to the pairing of music and beers, Blue Earl’s love of music comes across in their beer names and their on-site kitchen, the Juke Box, which serves up a full menu of delicious treats.
Where to Stay: Try your luck at the tables at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino then stay overnight at the luxurious hotel onsite and indulge in the fine dining and first-class entertainment, or enjoy a massage at the Bali themed Toppers Spa and Salon.
Morning: Set out early in the morning to rent a canoe at Trap Pond State Park, where you can paddle through towering baldycypress trees out on the water. Then come ashore and hike the Bob Trail for more pondside views.
Lunch: Dine like a local at Old Mill Crab House in Delmar. Tuck into a pile of freshly steamed crabs or cool off with a frozen cocktail topped with a popsicle.
Afternoon: Get inspired through the beauty of Delaware’s inland bays at the Delaware Botanic Gardens where you can walk through the naturally inspired garden filled with plants and trees native to Southern Delaware.
Dinner: Located in the heart of downtown Laurel, Abbott’s on Broad Creek serves up fresh and innovative American cuisine while sourcing their ingredients from local area farms.
Where to stay: Travel back in time with a stay at Causey Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Designed and maintained with period-appropriate features, this property continues to serve weary travelers as it did back in the early days of Colonial America.
The Delaware Beaches
Morning: Enjoy coffee with a view at the Cape May - Lewes Ferry, where you can grab a hot cup of joe from Lewes Coffee Co. in the terminal and watch the ferry as it comes to port.
Lunch: Dig into generous helpings of delicious barbecued meat at Bethany Blues BBQ. Known for their authentic Texas-bulit wood-fired smoker, this southern Delaware BBQ joint incorporates savory styles from all across the county into their menu.
Afternoon: Tanger Outlets offers tax-free shopping and discount prices on designer names across their three shopping centers on Coastal Highway.
Dinner: Head south to Bluecoast Seafood Grill in North Bethany Beach, for fresh seafood imaginatively prepared with views of the bay.
Where to stay: After a night of live music and dancing, stay at the Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, that offers a comfortable stay on the Rehoboth Bay and is jus steps from the beach.