Since there is no major airport in Delaware, there are no direct flights to Delaware. Philadelphia airport is located 30 minutes from Wilmington, Delaware, and the Maryland airport is are located between 1 ½ and 2 ½ hours from Delaware. Flights to Delaware’s New Castle County Airport are available for private aircraft and some limited commercial flights. Once your flight to Delaware arrives, sit back and enjoy the crisp air from the ocean breeze.
Delaware may the second smallest in the U.S. but those who travel here consider it a hidden gem. Often overshadowed by neighboring Pennsylvania and Maryland the handful of tourists who book flights to Delaware for vacation enjoy the seclusion and secrecy of this east coast state.
Delaware’s nickname, The First State, refers to the fact that Delaware was the first to ratify the Articles of Confederation (the first document in the United States Constitution that legally names political entities “states”). The first of many things occurred in Delaware. The first time Betsy Ross’s famous flag was flown was at the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge located in Newark. Nylon was first produced in Delaware at the Du Pont Laboratories in Seaford. And, New Castle was the site of the nation’s first scheduled steam railroad in 1831.
Delaware has a moderate climate with average monthly temperatures that range from 32 degrees (F) in winter to 76 degrees in summer. Over half the days are sunny, and temperatures along the Atlantic coast are about 10 degrees warmer in summer and cooler in winter.
Delaware’s 30 miles of Atlantic coast are a beach haven in the summer. Many businesses, campgrounds, and services are open only for the summer season, prices are high, and reservations should be made in advance.
Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley are year-round destinations.
Off-season bargains abound along the Atlantic coast. Even though many of the businesses close, if you look around you can find a place to stay. May and especially September are great times to find cheaper rates, comfortable temperatures, and quieter beaches.
Delaware is 96 miles long and varies from 9 to 35 miles in width. The best way to get around the state is by car.
Wilmington is on the main East Coast train and bus routes, but to get to other parts of the state you will need to drive.