The First State Seeks First National Park\n\nDelaware\u2014the first state to ratify the Constitution\u2014is trying to become the last to get a National Park. The tiny Mid-Atlantic state is currently the only in the country without a single unit of the National Park Service. But that may change soon. Last October, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced a bill to create First State National Park.\n\nCarper has been pushing for a national park unit in Delaware since he took office in 2001, but this year he gained fast-track momentum thanks to former fellow Delaware senator and current Vice President Joe Biden. The Park Service recently added their stamp of approval following a feasibility study, and now Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has publicly declared First State National Park a top priority.\n\nFilmmaker Ken Burns also helped the cause. The heralded documentary director released his exhaustive National Parks: America\u2019s Best Idea. Burns\u2014who happens to be a Delaware native\u2014gave First State National Park some key plugs.\n\nWhat about the park itself? With limited acreage in Delaware, the park will not consist of one central piece of land. Instead it will piece together some of the state\u2019s most important historical sites in a spoke-and-hub model. Fort Christina, the Dover Green, Stonum, and others will get a makeover and a few new facilities, thanks to $5.5 million in federal funds. But there are currently no plans to build any additional trails or attractions.\n\nThings to Do in Delaware:\nDon\u2019t let Wayne\u2019s World fool you. There\u2019s plenty to do in Delaware. If you find yourself crossing through the First State, check out the impressive network of its 15 state parks, which range from coastal escapes to forest preserves. For a beautiful run or ride, check out the 20-mile trail system at Brandywine Creek State Park. You\u2019ll find local climbers top-roping the cliffs at Alapocas Run. On the coast you can paddle the scenic tidal waters of the Delaware Bay from Cape Henlopen State Park, which will be part of the new National Park.