Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, Delaware



Delaware's original claim to fame is its title as the "First State" — where the constitution was first ratified. But it's gone on from its colonial and industrial roots to become an under-radar beach haven (Rehoboth and Lewes have some of the region's most popular sands) and veritable shopping paradise (no sales tax). In recent years, breweries like Dogfish Head and a surprising wine trail have helped bring the cool factor to the area, while endless rivers and state parks continue to draw outdoorsy travelers.

Why Go

For an off-the-beaten-path combination of sun and sand, adventures in nature, and colonial history -- with a side of boozing, shopping, and gambling.

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