Atlantic Coast

Starting at the Statue of Liberty and winding up at free-wheeling Key West, these almost 2,000 miles of roadway run within earshot—if not sight—of the Atlantic Ocean.

Delaware Seashore State Park

South from Rehoboth stretches one of the last long stretches of pristine beach on the whole northern East Coast: Delaware Seashore State Park (302/227-2800), which contains six miles of open beach with golden-flecked white sand and 2,825 acres of marshland estuary, thronged in season with migrating birds—and bird-watchers (and campers and anglers, too). The park’s many beaches are all easily accessible from beachfront Hwy-1.

The park has camping and nice new cottages ($1,800 a week during prime summer season!) and is book-ended by a pair of densely developed resort towns: Dewey Beach in the north draws a younger, collegiate crowd, while Bethany Beach in the south attracts more families.

Near Maryland, the 1858 Fenwick Island Lighthouse, on the bay side of Hwy-1 just south of Hwy-54, marks the state border. This lighthouse is a local landmark, but the waist-high white marker in front of it may be more significant: Placed in 1751, it marked the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, of which Delaware was then a part. Showing respect to the colonial proprietors, the more than 250-year-old marker has the Calvert family coat of arms on the Maryland (south) side and William Penn’s family crest on the other.

Delaware Seashore State Park
Fenwick Island Lighthouse
Dewey Beach
Bethany Beach