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Delaware

Delaware
The Magnificent Coast

In 1787, after the end of the Revolutionary War, a convention in Philadelphia adopted the U.S. Constitution. As the first to ratify that document, Delaware became the first state in the nation, a mantle it wears proudly today. Named in honor of Virginia's governor, Lord de La Warr, Delaware holds a prime place on the Eastern Seaboard. Small though it is (its total area is under 2,000 square miles), its location is strategic with 28 miles of coastline and easy access to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore.


Flanked by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware's southern coastal region is an excellent place to spy migrating birds like herons, egrets, and ibis. In the north, the Brandywine River valley is a treasure-trove of rolling hills, clear streams, and greenery. This region has a long and colorful history, from the days of the Native Americans and first pioneers, to modern artists who paint its beautiful landscape. The famous du Pont family settled here - you can visit their historic homes in Wilmington.

Boating, golf, biking, and fishing (freshwater, fly, deep-sea, and surf) are all popular in Delaware. Look for whales and dolphins along the Atlantic coast, especially at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. In the Central region, bird watchers won't want to miss the shorebirds, songbirds, and waterfowl of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. It offers 16,000 acres of tidal marsh, pools, and wooded swamps. Visit in spring for the very best viewing.