Drive along the coast. Drive through the hills. Drive along the pathways of history. On the scenic byways of Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, a drive can take as little as 15 minutes or as long as a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The Route 9 Coastal Heritage Byway will take you through the largest preserved coastal marshland on the east coast, while the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway traverses known Underground Railroad sites from Camden, Delaware through Wilmington, all the way to the end of the line that once meant freedom for many escaping slaves at the Delaware-Pennsylvania State Line.
The beautifully preserved roadways of the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway have captured the imagination of many, including the writers at National Geographic:
"In the Brandywine Valley, Routes 100 and 52 loop through scenic château country where the present-day residents resolutely protect the pastoral views. The narrow, twisting roads that trace the river force slow progress through lanes shaded by overarching branches of tulip trees and oaks. Wildflowers, not billboards, line roadsides. The 12-mile (19-kilometer) stretch of the Brandywine Valley from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, southeast to Wilmington, Delaware, may seem brief, but it takes a few days to truly enjoy."