Getting there

You can start the Delaware History Trail at any of the 36 attractions in the three counties (Kent, Sussex, New Castle). I traveled south to north, beginning at the Mason-Dixon marker on Route 54 in Delmar, about 110 miles from Washington. Take Route 50 east to Route 313 north to Route 54.

Where to stay

Courtyard by Marriott-University of Delaware Hotel

400 David Hollowell Dr., Newark


Full-service hotel (restaurant, pool, fitness center) on the university campus. Run in part by students. From $159 a night.

Where to eat

Cantwell’s Tavern

109 Main St., Odessa


Housed in the historic Brick Hotel and next door to the Historic Odessa trail sign at 201 Main St. Mix of American classics, such as Chesapeake crab cakes and shrimp etouffee. From $9.

Touring the trail

To participate in the challenge, you’ll need to register free online, where you can find the list of sites and instructions. To earn the book, visit at least six attractions in each of three counties and collect the codes on the official signs.

Some of my favorite sites worth a longer look include Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Laurel, Fort Delaware State Park in Delaware City, the Indian River Life-Saving Station in Rehoboth Beach and the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover.