Okay! We're going back a couple weeks and we'll plan a trip to Delaware. The weather here is hot so grab a cold one from the cooler, kick off your boots, and let's get busy. I have all the usual materials and I'm rarin' to go. I wasted enough time already so, Delaware, here I come.

As one of the original 13 colonies, Delaware was reluctant to oppose British rule. However, once they committed themselves to the revolution, they committed fully. So much so that they became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution making Delaware the first to become a state. The official colors of Delaware are colonial blue and buff. The insect is a ladybug.

Delaware is the second smallest state with an area of only 1,954 square miles. Its borders are unique. The western edge is the part of the Mason-Dixon Line that runs north and south. The eastern and southern is the Atlantic Ocean and several bays. The north is known as the Twelve-Mile Circle, the only nominally circular state boundary in the United States.

In spite of the small size, Delaware has room for 2 areas protected by the National Parks Service with 5 national park units. The Delaware River flows along through the mountains and forms the Water Gap. There you can see Dingmans Falls. It's a forceful waterfall tumbling down from the Pocono plateau through hemlock groves. There is a nature trail and a boardwalk to the base of the falls. There is also a steep 240 step staircase to the top of the falls recommended only for people in good health. Native wildflowers like rhododendron can be found here.

Then there are 17 state parks in Delaware. You can rent a yurt ( a round stationary tent-like structure) at Lums Pond, hike wooded trails at Alapocas Run State Park, pursue water sports at Fenwick Island State Park, tour the beautiful gardens at Bellevue State Park, or go birding at Cape Henlopen State Park.

For such a tiny place, I found a lot to do. So join me in Delaware and let me what you did for fun. You can check the links below for more information about Delaware and there is a link to order your travel guide.


Delaware Official State Site

Delaware Visitors Guide

State Parks

National Parks in Delaware

Offbeat Tourist Attractions