American College Delaware is located in Lewes, the oldest town in the state of Delaware. Lewes is a thriving, picturesque, culturally-engaged, and exceptionally friendly year-round community that grows and blossoms during the long, warm summer season that runs from April to October. The town is a highlight of the Delaware eastern shore area collectively designated as the Delaware Beaches, which is comprised of eight linked beach towns of varying sizes, each of which has its own distinctive characteristics. In 2011, the Natural Resources Defense Council found that, of the 30 US states with coastline, the Delaware Beaches ranked first in the nation for water quality. Neighbouring Lewes is the large community of Rehoboth Beach, known as the summer capital because of its popularity with vacationing Washingtonians, with a famous boardwalk, additional recreation, nightlife and entertainment possibilities, and the renowned tax-free shopping in its many outlet malls. Cape Henlopen State Park lies immediately to the south of Lewes, and an array of biking, jogging and hiking trails link the community with the neighbouring Delaware beach towns. The Cape May ferry sails several times daily in the summer months from Lewes across the Delaware Bay to New Jersey, where there is ready access to the vibrant beach resorts of the Jersey Shore.
Lewes is within comfortable driving and public transport distance of the cultural amenities of Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City, which offer a wealth of educational, recreational, social and career opportunities for college students. Baltimore Washington International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport (with daily direct flights to Dublin) are approximately ninety minutes’ away by car or public transport. Wilmington, in the north of the state, offers transport connections from its railway station, with regular departures north to 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA (25 minutes’ journey) and Penn Station, New York, NY (90 minutes); and south to Baltimore Washington International Airport, Baltimore, MD (35 minutes) and Union Station, Washington DC (90 minutes). Bus services also depart regularly from the train station to these and wide range of other local and national destinations.
American College Delaware’s position at the heart of the north-eastern seaboard is an ideal location for an annual summer study programme in American history and civilization, open to American College Dublin and Delaware students, as well as non-IAU study abroad students, and which includes among its day field trips not only visits to Delaware sites such as the Du Pont estates and museums of Hagley, Winterthur and Nemours, Brandywine Battlefield, Longwood Gardens, and the city of Wilmington, but also the White House, the Capitol, Independence Hall, Gettysburg, the Empire State Building, Wall Street’s American Museum of Finance, Baltimore Inner Harbor and Atlantic City.