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Dover travel guide

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You're Going to Love Dover

Delaware's charming capital city was founded way back in 1683 by William Penn. Its leafy streets, historic Green, and endless centuries-old timber buildings give Dover a timeless feel that is truly enchanting.

But it's not all about genteel history in Dover. Outside the center, the Dover International Speedway hosts two NASCAR weekends, while there's harness racing at Dover Downs (and a casino resort as well). Beaches like Rehoboth and Dewey are family friendly, with a touch of wildness about them, and the Amish countryside offers wonderful hiking and cycling opportunities too.

Small, but perfectly formed, Dover is a base to explore Delaware, a surprising sporting hub, and a family beach resort, all rolled into one. It's no wonder so many people leave with happy memories of their Dover vacations.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Dover

When to Visit Dover

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Dover comes into its own as spring turns into summer (although it's also a wonderful spring destination for hikers and cyclists). When the weather becomes warm enough to swim, the Green fills with strollers and picnickers, and the countryside comes alive, it's a superb place to be. So visit between May and September.

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Where to Stay in Dover

Dover's city center has the luxury accommodation options you would expect from a state capital. If you are looking for a casino, racing, and spa experience, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino is the place to book. For a more laid-back option, check out the Fairfield Inn and Suites, the Days Inn Dover Downtown, or the Holiday Inn Dover-Downtown, all of which are just north of the city center and offer reliable, comfortable lodgings.

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The Cost of Living in Dover

Shopping Streets

Dover's downtown streets are an excellent place to shop for souvenirs, clothes, craft ale, wine, foodstuffs, and art. Loockerman Street is the standout street, with boutiques like Bel Boutique, souvenir stores like Forney's Too, and plenty of restaurants to break up your shopping. The Dover Mall on N Dupont Highway is another great option, with major brands like JC Penney and Macy's represented.

Groceries and Other

When it comes to grocery shopping, Dover offers a wide range of options. There are smaller downtown stores like Grocery Basket as well as chains like Safeway, Food Lion, and Supervalu. Prices will be around the national average, with a gallon of milk coming to around $4.43 and 12 eggs $2.50.

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$3.61
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Where to Eat in Dover

Dover's best restaurants are masters at turning Delaware's fresh produce and seafood into gourmet delights, and there are plenty to choose from. Highlights include 33 West Ale House and Grill, which blends craft beer and great value gastro-pub food. Flavor of India is a great Indian option, Doc Magrogan's Oyster House is the place to go for Chesapeake shellfish, while Franco's Pizza and Pasta is an excellent Italian joint in the southern part of town. Meals won't cost the earth in Dover; expect to pay between $10 and $20 for entrees at mid-range places.