New York City is great for the hustle and bustle of real life, but when it’s time to relax, it’s so nice to get outta dodge. There are numerous destinations within a few hours from the city — Jersey, the Catskills, Connecticut — but don’t count out a quick weekend retreat to Delaware. One of the oldest states in the country, this historic destination is both surprisingly regal and delightfully charming. Less than two hours on the Amtrak from Penn Station will bring you right into the heart of downtown Wilmington, home of the famous Du Pont family, the iconic Nemours Estate and gardens, and of course, the Hotel Du Pont.

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