5 days in Delaware Itinerary

5 days in Delaware Itinerary

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5 days in Delaware Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Lewes
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware, United States, built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. On the 25th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Nemours Mansion & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Hagley Museum and Library, and then take an in-depth tour of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Wooddale Covered Bridge, get a sense of history and politics at New Castle Court House, then contemplate the long history of Read House and Gardens, and finally admire the majestic nature at Bellevue State Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Wilmington trip itinerary planning tool .

Washington DC to Wilmington is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Wilmington when traveling from Washington DC in September, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Lewes.

Things to do in Wilmington

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

New Castle, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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Read House and Gardens ©
Read House and Gardens
Hagley Museum and Library ©
Hagley Museum and Library
Bellevue State Park ©
Bellevue State Park

3
nights
Lewes

Lewes ©
Lewes is an incorporated city on the Delaware Bay in eastern Sussex County, Delaware. Get outdoors at Cape Henlopen State Park and Dewey Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Air Mobility Command Museum and Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery. Change things up with a short trip to Bethany Beach in Bethany Beach (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Rehoboth Beach Public Beach, find something for the whole family at Funland, stop by Kid's Ketch, and take a leisurely stroll along Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lewes trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Wilmington to Lewes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Lewes

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rehoboth Beach, Air Mobility Command Museum, Dewey Beach, Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery, Bethany Beach
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Cape Henlopen State Park ©
Cape Henlopen State Park
Rehoboth Beach Public Beach ©
Rehoboth Beach Public Beach
Air Mobility Command Museum ©
Air Mobility Command Museum

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