3 Day Road Trip: Explore the Delaware River

These towns and cities tucked along the banks of the Delaware River are full of character, natural attractions, and of course, history. This is where General Washington crossed the river during the Revolutionary War, and the landmarks, parks and places here are proud keepers of that history.


Begin the day strolling Milford's idyllic Main Street, and browse the quaint shops before heading to Delaware River Tubing for a relaxing, three-hour ride down the Delaware. Have lunch at Descendants Brewing Company, then drive about four miles to Frenchtown, where the Delaware River Scenic Byway officially begins. Spend the afternoon walking through Frenchtown's Historic District with its antique shops and art galleries, or bike through Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. Enjoy authentic Tex-Mex cuisine for dinner at the charming Cocina Del Sol. For a place to stay, reserve a room at the graciously appointed National Hotel.



Get back to nature in this town, where a variety of experiences await. Choose from visiting Howell Living History Farm, where you can step back in time to the 19th century and tour the granary, sheep barn and blacksmith area, or go to Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum to learn even more about the area’s agricultural heritage. Grab a bite at Liv & Charlie's before touring Prallsville Mills in nearby Stockton, a bucolic 10-building historical complex. Head back to Lambertville and hike up Goat Hill Overlook for sweeping views of the Delaware River and Washington Crossing Historic Park. After you’ve worked up an appetite, dine at Brian’s, a French-Italian bistro, then have a nightcap at Anton's at the Swan. Unwind for the evening at Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn, set right on the Delaware River.



Immerse yourself in the area’s history at Titusville’s Washington Crossing State Park, stopping at It’s Nutts Restaurant for breakfast sandwiches first. With over 100 acres to explore, don’t miss touring the park’s Village, made up of old homes such as the Johnson Ferry House. Head on to Trenton, visiting the Old Barracks Museum, the only colonial barracks left in the state. Explore New Jersey State Museum, where two million artifacts, as well as a planetarium, will give you plenty to think about. Relax in South Riverwalk Park, an urban green space built on top of a tunnel with paths, playgrounds and a variety of public events to enjoy. Settle in at the SpringHill Suites by Marriot, but not before a romantic dinner at Erini Restaurant or at Ila Mae’s for no-fuss soul food.


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