As the first state to ratify the US Constitution, and one of the original states that participated in the American Revolution, Delaware has a history stretching back over the decades to the very beginnings of the American nation. Despite being relatively small—second only to Rhode Island in terms of size— Delaware is nevertheless an important part of American history and culture, and features some of the most beautiful coastline and countryside in the entire U.S. From its railways to its coastlines and its history, it is definitely one of the most interesting states to visit.
Delaware is one of the few states that does not have any national parks, seashores, memorials, monuments, or otherwise. However, despite a lack of any national landmarks the state is a maze of wildlife refuges, museums, lighthouses, and a great number of historical buildings that showcase the colonial way of life. The area known as Rehoboth Beach, along with the state’s other beaches and resorts, has been dubbed “The Nation's Summer Capital” due to the great number of Washington D.C. residents who come here during the summer months for coastal activities and vacations.
In addition, Delaware is also known for its wide variety of festivals throughout the year. These range from the religious Big August Quarterly event to the jazz festival at Bethany Beach, or the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival at Rodney Square in Wilmington. There is the Punkin Chunkin, where pumpkins are shot out of high-powered air canons, trebuchets, catapults, and other launching equipment, and in Bridgeville one can find the Apple Scrapple Festival in October.
While summers are hot, and the winters are notoriously cold despite a lack of significant snowfall, spring and fall are the best times to visit the state, with the fall months being preferred by many due to a greater number of festivals and the beauty of the changing leaves in the countryside.