The city of Dover became the state capital of Delaware shortly after the Declaration of Independence due to its strategic location on the Delaware River. And because Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution, Dover has been known as the "Capital of the First State" since then. Today, its historic significance and interesting attractions make the city a great vacation destination, and there are lots of excellent Dover hotels to stay in while you're there.
The nearest major airport is Philadelphia International, 72 miles north of Dover. It's possible to get to Dover on public transport, but it requires going into Philly first and changing trains and buses. Due to the distance, the best option is to rent a car— all the major companies have counters at the airport. Before heading on to Dover however, it's a good idea to take some time to explore the "Birthplace of America," so book a few nights in one of the cheap hotels in Philadelphia. The Green in the heart of Dover is the focal point of the city, and the site of many events and rallies. There are lots of historic buildings around here, most notably the Old State House and the old capitol building, both of which are open for tours. The Air Mobility Command Museum holds a great collection of World War II aircraft and other artifacts. Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village gives an insight into the agricultural history of the state, and it's a great day out for adults and kids alike. The city is quite compact, so no matter which of the hotels in Dover, Delaware you stay in, you won't be far from the main attractions. There's a lot of natural beauty in the surrounding area, such as Bowers beach and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. If you don't already have some wheels, Dover car rentals will let you get out and about.
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