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Delaware

The First State; The Small Wonder; Blue Hen State; The Diamond State

Delaware in United States

Delaware in United States

Delaware is located in the Northeastern region of the United States – the northeastern portion of the Delmarva Peninsula – and is the second smallest of the 50 United States. It is bordered to the south and west by Maryland, to the northeast by New Jersey, and to the north by Pennsylvania. The state takes its name from Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, an English nobleman and Virginia’s first colonial governor, after whom what is now called Cape Henlopen was originally named.

Before its coastline was explored by Europeans in the 16th century, Delaware was inhabited by several groups of Native Americans, including the Lenape in the north and Nanticoke in the south. It was initially colonized by Dutch traders at Zwaanendael, near the present town of Lewes, in 1631. Delaware was one of the 13 colonies participating in the American Revolution and on December 7, 1787, became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby becoming known as The First State.

State of Delaware
A portal for Delaware state government. Presenting high level information about Delaware, links to state agencies, and connections to services for residents, businesses, job seekers, and visitors.
DelDOT Delaware Department of Transportation
We provide safe choices for travelers in Delaware to access roads, rails, buses, airways, waterways, bike trails, and walking paths.

Other places and informational links for Delaware:

Since almost all of Delaware is a part of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the effects of the ocean moderate its climate. The state is in a transitional zone between a humid subtropical climate and a continental climate. The transitional climate of Delaware supports a wide variety of vegetation. In the northern third of the state are found Northeastern coastal forests and mixed oak forests typical of the northeastern United States. In the southern two-thirds of the state are found Middle Atlantic coastal forests.

As you might imagine, there is quite a lot to see and do in the State of Delaware. The First State National Historical Park is one place to see. Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island, comprise Delaware’s beach resorts.

Air Mobility Command Museum
Where do old airplanes go? The lucky ones go to the Air Mobility Command Museum—the only museum dedicated to airlift and air refueling history!
3 Palms Zoo & Education Center
We are Delaware’s only hands on, interactive, rescue Zoo & Education center! Here guests can socialize with exotic, wild & domestic animals in a natural woodland surrounding.
Delaware Nature Society
Delaware Nature Society envisions a healthy and sustainable environment. We connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy and conservation.
University of Delaware
The University of Delaware, which traces its origins to 1743, offers over 100 academic majors its distinguished faculty includes internationally known scientists, authors and teachers

Travel:

Roads:

The transportation system in Delaware is under the governance and supervision of the Delaware Department of Transportation, also known as “DelDOT”. For more details, see Delaware State Route System*.

Ferries:

There are three ferries that operate in the state of Delaware:

Cape May-Lewes Ferry crosses the mouth of the Delaware Bay between Lewes, Delaware and Cape May, New Jersey.
Woodland Ferry* is a cable ferry that crosses the Nanticoke River southwest of Seaford.
Forts Ferry Crossing connects Delaware City with Fort Delaware and Fort Mott, New Jersey

Rail and bus:

Amtack has two stations in Delaware along the Northeast Corridor; the relatively quiet Newark Rail Station in Newark, and the busier Wilmington Rail Station in Wilmington. The Northeast Corridor is also served by SEPTA‘s Wilmington/Newark* Line of Regional Rail, which serves Claymont, Wilmington, Churchmans Crossing, and Newark.

Aviation in Delaware:

Delaware is centrally situated in the Northeast megalopolis region of cities along I-95. Therefore, Delaware commercial airline passengers most frequently use Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) for domestic and international transit. Residents of Sussex County will also use Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY), as it is located less than 10 miles (16 km) from the Delaware border. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) are also within a 100-mile (160 km) radius of New Castle County.

Here is a list Airports in Deleware*.

Directions by City or Zip (Postcode)

  You’ll probably need maps, directions or both at some point in your travels. Just type the starting place in the first box, the ending destination in the second box and click “Go”. As an example, you could enter your home address as the starting point and the address of the place you are to stay at as the destination.



Counties:

Delaware is divided into three counties, the lowest number of counties of any state. From north to south, the three counties are New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. While the southern two counties have historically been predominantly agricultural, New Castle County has been more industrialized.
(* = Wikipedia link)


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