Delaware calls itself “The First State,” and that’s because it was the first of the 13 colonies to ratify the US Constitution. It may not be huge in landmass, but Delaware packs a lot into its 2,490 square miles. It contains just three counties, New Castle, Kent and Sussex, but within those counties you’ll find tax-free shopping, outdoor activities galore and a host of world-class cultural attractions and amenities. Historical sites are scattered across the state. In New Castle the Amstel House, a Georgian mansion built in the 1730s, welcomes visitors for guided tours and the town green marks the spot laid out by Dutch settlers in 1651. Delaware’s coastline in Sussex county is enjoyed by thousands of visitors yearly, yet retains a small town charm in the oceanside communities of Rehoboth Beach, Fenwick Island and Lewes. The DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick features thousands artifacts dredged from the watery deep. In Kent County the Dover International Speedway is home to Nascar events, and a company called Monster Racing allows visitors the chance to drive a genuine stock car. In Middletown, the Christiana Care Health System continues to expand, with plans for a freestanding emergency department and future medical campus to be built on a 108 acre site.