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Governor Jack Markell Welcomes You to Delaware


Whether you are a history buff, a sports enthusiast, an admirer of the arts or an adventure-seeker, the First State has something for everyone.

Delaware is home to beaches lauded for the cleanliness of their waters and the diversity of their attractions—from family fun and quiet retreats to exciting nightlife and fine dining.

With a significant place in American history, you can relive the 18th century in the historic towns of New Castle, Dover and Lewes; experience the du Pont legacy by visiting some of the finest museums and gardens on the East Coast; or learn about the history of our nation on the Delaware History Trail.

If you are looking for the thrill of adventure, be sure to attend an exciting NASCAR race, take a lap around the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway or try your luck at gaming at our full-service casinos. Outdoor enthusiasts can test their sea legs on a maritime adventure, enjoy an outdoor exploration or follow one of Delaware’s tempting trails—touring and tasting award-winning wines and craft brews on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail, the Culinary Trail, or finding the cache along the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Delaware is a year-round travel destination, offering fantastic fairs, festivals, performing arts and events that draw nationally, including World Championship Punkin Chunkin and the Firefly Music Festival. It is also recognized for its incredible beauty and diverse attractions, all within easy driving distance from any point in the state. We have the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley, lush farmlands, scenic wildlife refuges, precious coastal wetlands and miles of pristine, sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.

There are so many exciting ways to discover Delaware. Conveniently located, affordable, and easily accessible—it’s a great place for sports tournaments and group tours. Visitors come to Delaware often to indulge in tax-free shopping at brand-name outlets, shopping malls and specialty shops; or to enjoy sumptuous fare at the wonderful restaurants found throughout the state and on the culinary coast.

As you can see, there is so much to do in Delaware and we want you to visit—and visit often. 

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