The thing about music festivals is that, more often than not, they are held in the middle of nowhere. Wide open spaces are necessary if you're going to host tens of thousands of visitors and their camp sites, as well as the year's hottest artists and their gigantic stages. Dover, Delaware is home to the Firefly Festival every year, there's more to this tiny city (pop: 37,000) than the festival grounds known as "the Woodlands." Dover is Delaware's capitol, which means plenty of history and dramatic government buildings, and it's packed with quirky museums and fun sites. Plus, it's located less than two hours from Philly, DC, and Baltimore. Here's how to give yourself a full tour of Dover.More
Firefly hosts thousands of festival-goers for sleepovers on their campgrounds—the VVIP's go the more elevated "glamping" route in luxury, igloo-style tents—but if sleeping outdoors with hoards of strangers isn't your thing, there are other options. This lively casino is a popular choice with travelers who fancy their concerts with a side of blackjack. It's is the largest casino in the state, and has over 2,000 slot machines.
The Residence Inn by Marriott has rooms that are simple and modern—but more importantly, beyond the decor, each room is equipped with a full kitchen so you can prep and pack food for your festival day.