3 Day Road Trip: Explore the Delaware River

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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.


Day One: Milford and Frenchtown


Begin the day strolling down Milford’s idyllic Main Street, and browsing the quaint shops before heading to Delaware River Tubing for a relaxing, three-hour ride down the Delaware. Have lunch at The Ship Inn Restaurant and Brewery, then drive three miles to Frenchtown, where the Delaware River Scenic Byway officially begins. Spend the afternoon walking through the Frenchtown's Historic District with its antique shops and art galleries, or bike through Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park. Have dinner at farm-to-table eatery Lovin’ Oven, and order the caramel salt tart for dessert. Stay at the graciously-appointed National Hotel.


Day Two: Lambertville


Get back to nature in this town, where a variety of nature experiences await. Choose from visiting Howell Living 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-Jamison Farmstead Museum to learn even more about the area’s agricultural heritage. Grab a bite at Caffe Galleria before touring Prallsville Mills in nearby Stockton, a bucolic 10-building historical complex. Just 15 minutes away, take an easy hike to Goat Hill Overlook for sweeping views of Washington Crossing State Park. Back in Lambertville, dine at Brian’s, a French-Italian bistro, and then have a nightcap romantic bar at Swan Hotel. Unwind at Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn, set right on the Delaware River.


Day Three: Titusville and Trenton


Immerse yourself in the area’s history in Titusville’s Washington Crossing Historic State Park, stopping at It’s Nutts Restaurant for breakfast sandwiches first. With 500 acres to explore, don’t miss touring the park’s Village, made up of old homes such as the Johnson Ferry House, see the Soldiers Graves and climb the 125-foot Bowman’s Hill Tower for 14-miles worth of views of the countryside and river. 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 Wyndham Garden downtown, but not before a romantic dinner at Erini Restaurant or at Ila Mae’s for no-fuss soul food.