National Scenic Byway

Take an unforgettable journey through Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley along the 12.5-mile National Scenic Byway.

The Byway begins at Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington, near the famed HOTEL DU PONT. Start your day of exploration with coffee and pastries from Spark’d Creative Pastry, which is run by the creative minds of the HOTEL DU PONT Bake Shop and is located at the DE.CO food hall, on the 10th Street side of the Du Pont Building.

From there, set off along Routes 52 and 100, where you’ll have your pick of gorgeous and fascinating sights.

Are you a history buff? Start your tour at Hagley Museum and Library, which celebrates the history of American business and innovation. Hagley is an example of early American industry that includes restored mills, a workers’ community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family. 

In this Itinerary

Another Winterthur property that’s not to be missed is Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, regarded as one of America’s most beautiful historic homes and mansions. It also contains one of the most remarkable collections of American decorative arts and expansive grounds whose fairy garden, known as the Enchanted Woods, children will love. 

Stop for lunch in the small towns of Greenville or Centreville — for example at the Centreville Place: Café + Market. Or pack a gourmet picnic from Janssen’s Fine Foods.

Back on the byway, take in the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science to meet dinosaurs up close and walk across the world in the Global Journey Gallery. Children of all ages will be delighted by Dude, the museum’s cat.

More to Explore


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Welcome to DE.CO, a launchpad for chefs: 250 seats, 8 restaurant stalls…

From there, enjoy the picturesque scenery as you travel to the Pennsylvania state line and head towards the Brandywine Museum of Art in Chadds Ford — home of artwork by three generations of the Wyeth family.

A great way to cap off your journey is with a visit to Longwood Gardens — one of the world’s finest horticultural displays. 

Stop for dinner at the Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa, where the Krazy Kat’s Restaurant serves farm-to-table cuisine among eclectic, cat-themed decorations. 

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