New Castle, DE
Celebrity critic Mike Castle likes the section of Del. 9 that runs from New Castle to Dover Air Force Base. “Del. 9 Coastal Heritage Scenic Byway winds past wildlife refuges and historic sites, and the route is a pleasure to drive,” Castle says. “It reminds me of Delaware’s rich history and culture.” The two-lane road stretches south to the John Dickinson Plantation near Dover, and runs along the Delaware River and Bay, passing farms, fresh and saltwater marshes, and navigational light towers. Spur roads lead to Port Mahon and Woodland Beach, as well as Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.