Experience the Brandywine Valley on an RV Vacation

Brandywine Valley

Hagley mill race on the Brandywine Creek, Delaware, USA.

Although a short trip, traveling through the Brandywine Valley offers beautiful scenery and many interesting sights to see. Here you will get tastes of history, natural beauty and country hospitality. Driving through Pennsylvania and Delaware as fall approaches is a vacation trip not to pass up, particularly in a comfortable RV motorhome.

Take the twelve-mile drive on Routes 100 and 52 through rolling hills. But don’t neglect to stop and see the sights. You’ll begin your journey in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where you can browse the shops and find fine dining. You can stay at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA in Coatesville, PA with a lovely rural setting and plenty of activities.

Be sure to travel to the Brandywine Battlefield Park to experience the feel of life in the times of the Revolutionary War. This side trip on U.S. Route 1 is worth the time it takes to get to Chadds Ford and see this historic site. The visitor’s center has a number of exhibits that display the weapons and uniforms of that era. It is a thrill to see Washington’s headquarters. If you are there in September, you will also get to view a full re-enactment of the battle in all its glory.

Longwood Gardens is a must-see for the whole family. There are more than 1,000 acres of beauty here, with twenty indoor gardens. There is no other place with such stunning displays of plants, flowers and fountains. Stop by and explore the Brandywine River Museum located in a 19th century grist mill. The art work there will take your breath away, with a superior collection of Wyeth art from three generations.

To see a spectacular mansion with a large garden area visit the Nemours Mansion and Gardens. Walking the Long Walk is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the sculptures and flowering plants and trees. The reflecting pool is a thing of wonder with its twelve-foot spray.

Another must-see on your journey is the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, a working farm that has been in existence since the 18th century. Then you will move on to Wilmington, Delaware with its many attractions. Take time to shop for gifts for friends and relatives while in town. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy some entertainment or sports events here in Wilmington.

Of course, before you leave to travel home once again in your RV, stop by the residence that was once owned by Henry Francis du Pont. The Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library offers the visitor a glimpse into the world of American decorative arts and a natural garden that is amazing in its breadth.

Your travel through the Brandywine Valley is a time to explore nature, history and have some fun. You will learn a lot about colonial times and experience a peaceful and enlightening getaway with the family. Explore, learn and relax. And come again for another late summer adventure in Pennsylvania and Delaware!

Picture credits: The picture of Brandywine Valley is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Scenic RV Road Trips – Delmarva Peninsula

We live in one big, beautiful country, and one of the best ways to see it is along its famous scenic drives. One of the most spectacular of those routes can be found on a rugged peninsula shared by three Eastern states. Delmarva Peninsula, made up of land belonging to Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, is a visual feast for RV travelers.

Sitting between Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, it’s not hard to find drives with beautiful ocean views on Delmarva Peninsula. A popular route is along the Coastal Highway (Delaware State Rd 1) from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to Ocean City, Maryland. Not only will you see some of the prettiest beaches on the East Coast, you’ll also get to experience the beauty of Delaware Seashore State Park, a family-friendly coastal paradise.

Once you’re ready to move on, continue south on Coastal Highway through pristine beach resort towns like Bethany Beach and South Bethany. You’ll have abundant opportunities to view wildlife and an amazing variety of birds along the way, as well as unforgettable views of the Atlantic. The drive south toward Ocean City will take you along the eastern edge of Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area, so why not plan to spend time exploring there, as well as on Fenwick Island?

From there, it’s a straight shot south along Isle of Wight Bay to Ocean City, MD, a full-fledged resort and casino city. Anyone with a yen to try the tables will find plenty to do at the southern end of this scenic drive!

But that’s not the only awesomely scenic roadway on the Peninsula. You can also enter it from the south from Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT), a picturesque adventure in itself. A note here: there is a toll charged for CBBT passage, so be sure to add that to your travel budget.

Once you’ve reached land at the end of the CBBT, you’ll find yourself on Fisherman’s Island National Wildlife Refuge. Take time to get to know this Eastern Virginia bird, butterfly and wildlife migratory stop before heading north across Fisherman’s Inlet on Hwy 13. You’ll skirt the Atlantic Coastline before curving back east at Kiptopeke State Park, If you’re ready to stop for the night at this point, take advantage of the comfortable RV campground at this Park.

You can continue north the entire length of the Peninsula on Hwy 13 if you’d like, taking side trips to picturesque port towns like Cape Charles, Virginia and exploring the salt marshes and inlets like Longs Pond and Cherrystone. Jog over to Hwy 50 north of Salisbury, MD for views of the Eastern Bay all the way across the bridge to Annapolis.

Delmarva Peninsula should be on every RV camper’s dream vacation list. To make it easy to add it to yours, we’ve gathered the names of RV campgrounds located right on the Peninsula. Be sure to let us know about your Delmarva Peninsula scenic drive adventures!

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