As the current home of President-elect Joe Biden, Delaware has been receiving more attention lately, but it still remains somewhat unknown to most Americans. The country’s second smallest state packs in a huge amount in a tiny space, and a new driving trail aims to introduce visitors to a wide stretch of the state through newly painted pieces of art.
The driving route is called the Delaware Discoveries Trail, and it takes in nine locations across the state where Instagram-aesthetic murals have been painted by local and national artists. The murals are outdoors and in areas with lots of open space, such as a beach club and a wildlife refuge, making this road trip a more COVID-compliant adventure.
The drive is less than 100 miles long, meaning that all the sites could be visited in a day. It starts in Bethany Beach, where a radiant mural by Kelsey Montague adorns the Big Chill Beach Club in Delaware Seashore State Park. Dolphins can sometimes be spotted swimming in the waters nearby. The trail then winds through Lewes, Milford, Federica, Wyoming, the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna before ending with three stops in Wilmington, including the sculpture garden of the Delaware Art Museum. The subject matter of each of the pieces of art has a connection to the place where it’s located.
Delaware’s tourism office, which created the trail, is offering limited-edition prizes to travelers who visit at least four locations and upload their photos to DelawareDiscoveries.com. The website includes an interactive map that gives the locations as well as information about the artworks, the artists and other sites to see nearby. The state’s travel advisory says that face coverings are required in public, including outdoors, and that social distancing must be adhered to.
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