Road To 50 Part 35: Delaware

America’s historical First State provides enough shoreline and towns to stay relevant among travelers.

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The Northeast State of Delaware was the first to join the U.S. back in 1787. Nicknamed the First State, Delaware carries much significance for this feat. Though being on the opposite end of the spectrum in size (49th), the entire eastern half of the Delaware borders water. Thus, popular beach towns such as: Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach, remain large attractions for their plethora of aqua-related adventures. I have been to Delaware twice, in 2007 and 2019. In my 2007 trip, I paid a visit to the state’s biggest city Wilmington, while in 2019 I drove through the Northwest portion en route to Maryland.

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In 2007, I remember driving through the suburban sprawl outside of Wilmington. There were the usual symbols of Americana suburbia: chain restaurants, strip malls…etc. On the other hand, Wilmington is meant to represent a modern-day metropolis. That could not be more true when I quickly caught a glance of its downtown in my peripheral vision in 2019. During a drive through the state, I was mesmerized by large collections of skyscrapers soaring high, accompanied by enough buildings to convince me that Wilmington remains to be a significant and historical downtown. I was not shocked this time around, as I realized the First State has come a long way from entering the United States. It’s now inclusive of tourist attractions, and our nation’s beginning. For a state so small, it has an attested offering.

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Rishi Patel


Rishi Patel's passion for writing is almost as great as his passion for traveling. Traveling remains the utmost favorite hobby and pastime for Rishi, which has led him to visit 47 of the 50 U.S. States and he cannot contain his excitement as he tries to reach the milestone of visiting all 50.

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