Visiting the United States? There are 50 states to see. If you like shopping along the shore, Delaware’s the place for you!

Delaware is a top destination for tax-free shopping and dining. It’s also known as the “corporate capital of the world” — the state’s economic development office says Delaware is the headquarters of more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500 firms. One of these firms, DuPont, was founded by a French-American chemist whose family homes are now open to the public.

The DuPont family established several estates in Delaware that visitors can tour: Winterthur, Nemours and the Hagley Museum. These grand properties are filled with magnificent works of art and fine antiques, and their surrounding gardens are dazzling examples of horticultural variety.

If fast-paced fun is more your style, come to Delaware to watch the race cars at Dover International Speedway. You can even jump behind the wheel and go for a spin!

Read more about Delaware and check out the other 49 states. If you need a visa to visit, here’s how to get one.

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Eat, shop, swim

Aside from sand and surf, Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach is known for outlet shopping (with no sales tax!) and Dolle’s saltwater taffy, a sticky local candy you can find along the boardwalk.


East Coast sunrise

Bethany Beach, a quiet oceanfront town, has great views of the rising sun. It’s also an ideal place to watch dolphins swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.

Stroll through the gardens

You can’t leave Nemours Mansion in Wilmington, Delaware, without a walk through the Boxwood Garden. The estate has the largest French-style garden in North America.

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Vroom vroom

Cars speed along the racetrack at Dover International Speedway, which is nicknamed “The Monster Mile.”

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