10 Amazing Road Trips Through Delaware DE
A road trip can feel amazingly liberating. Getting behind the wheel and taking a journey to parts both known and unknown can lift your spirits and help you to see places you may never have thought to visit. Or maybe you just like taking the scenic route? Either way, all throughout Delaware there are hidden gems and nuggets of history to be discovered.
This month, to help inspire you to visit this great state – as well as making a stop off in the historic town of Lewes, where you can stay with us at the relaxing Beacon Inn – we’ve got ten amazing road trips for you to choose from.
1. Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway
If you’re visiting us from the north, be sure to check out the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway. This is a series of back roads up on the border with Pennsylvania that offers fantastic scenery in New Castle County. You can make the most of historic towns such as Hockessin, see old railroad crossings and even pass through the two remaining covered bridges in the state.
To do the whole trip, you’ll need to travel 27 miles on up to 28 different roads.
Image from www.visitwilmingtonde.com
2. Delaware Bayshore Byway
Take this road trip from New Castle all the way down to Cape Henlopen for the full experience. You’ll wind your way along the eastern coast of Delaware, taking in different historical locations and appreciating the majesty of the wildlife refuges that have helped to protect the local environment.
Starting on Rt. 9 and heading south, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy beaches, farmland, and maybe even some bird migration.
Image from delawaregreenways.org
3. Delaware Haunted Road Trip
“We’re ready to believe you!” the Ghostbusters proclaimed in their mock TV advert, and if you’re in search of the spooky and supernatural, then this is the road trip for you.
Starting at Fort Delaware – thought to be one of the most haunted places in the state – you’ll make your way south, visiting haunted buildings and museums like the Smyrna Museum and Cannonball House right here in Lewes. You’ll also visit other haunted spots, before weaving your way back upstate to finish at Lums Pond, an area said to have a dark past.
Smyrna Museum – Image from onlyinyourstate.com
4. Small Town Road Trip
This journey starts in Claymont and weaves a route south through various other small towns dotted across Delaware. This way you can really experience the charm that quiet, local towns have to offer on your way down to Selbyville, stopping off in places like Wyoming, Milford, and Seaford.
It’s a 4-hour drive and easy to add on either before or at the end of your trip to our very own historic town of Lewes.
Image from onlyinyourstate.com
5. Wilmington to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
If you’re looking to get up close and personal with nature as part of a road trip, then try the drive from Wilmington down to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
Snake your way along Rt.1 with the reward of some stunning outdoor spaces – plus, you can take a pit stop at the Millington Wildlife Management Area if you take a detour further inland first.
Image from thesca.org
6. Delaware Chateau Country
Take in some of the grandest mansions that Delaware has to offer with a road trip through Delaware’s chateau country, just northwest of Wilmington.
This is a quiet, serene region of the state and some of the spectacular homes and gardens in the region are open for visitors to explore.
Image from onlyinyourstate.com
7. Three-Day Foodie Trip
Think you have the stomach for a foodie road trip? Why not try this three-day, indulgent culinary exploration. Start with breakfast at Libby’s in Wilmington before heading south. Day two begins with breakfast at the Smyrna Diner in Smyrna, with an evening meal at The Backyard in Milton (a stone’s throw from Lewes on the coast).
Begin the final day in Selbyville before heading back upstate. You can find all the stops and eateries on this mapped itinerary.
Image from Tacos Chabelita DE’s Facebook page
8. Lewes “Gateway to the Nation” Byway
If you can’t get enough of Lewes, try this byway tour, leading you through our historic town with beautiful views of the region, including Cape Henlopen State Park. It’s a short trip but there’s plenty to pack in, including the Zwaanendael Museum and the Lightship Overfalls.
And when you need somewhere welcoming to stay, look no further than our very own Beacon Inn. Call and book your dream vacation today.
Image from travelwithlolly.com
9. Trap Pond State Park Day Trip
If you’re already staying with us here in Lewes and you’ve explored our historic town, Cape Henlopen State Park, and Rehoboth Beach, then why not uncover another gem less than an hour away?
Trap Pond State Park is the perfect day trip for a spot of camping, canoeing, or kayaking.
Image from destateparks.com
10. Point to Point Ferry Ride
Owing to our fantastic location, you can always extend your road trip a little farther if you wish, with the Cape May-Lewes ferry ride. This will take you from point to point across the bay, so whether you’re coming to visit us from New Jersey or you want to make your way north, why not add the excitement of the sea?
It takes roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes to make the crossing and gives you so many options for exploration at either end.
Image from cmlf.com
Delaware is a state with so much to offer, not least right here in Lewes. Plan your next vacation or day trip with us and experience the natural beauty of the region.
Call us on (302) 645-4888 to book your stay with us or reserve your room online right now and start planning your next road trip.