Dover, Delaware

Go here: The capital of the First State, Dover provides a wealth of historical and cultural attractions, including Amish markets, arts and antiques, the Dover International Speedway, slots and harness racing, and dozens of museums and historic sites, most of which offer free admission.

Stay here: Little Creek Inn, 2623 N. Little Creek Road, 302-730-1300. The circa 1860 Italianate three-story inn has five rooms decorated with antiques, reproductions and custom imported linens, and welcomes children older than 12 and well-behaved dogs. Room rates range from $100 to $195 per night, depending on occupancy.

Eat here: Roma Italian Ristorante, 3 President's Drive, 302-678-1041. A "Best of Delaware" award-winner five years running, Roma provides upscale Italian dining, even using fresh flowers as garnish. It presents a wide variety of classic options including veal scallopini and chicken cacciatore, but also features Maryland-style lump crab cakes and pan-seared ahi tuna. Dinner entrees are $11 to $24.

Don't miss this: Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, 1131 N. DuPont Highway, 800-711-5882. With more than 3,000 slot machines, electronic table games, horse racing, a spa salon, fine dining and live entertainment, Dover Downs is an all-encompassing entertainment center.

Get here: By car, Dover is about 100 miles from Baltimore, which is about a two-hour drive whether traveling south over the Bay Bridge or north on Interstate 95.

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