Claymont is located at the far eastern part of northern Delaware, only a few miles and minutes from the Pennsylvania border. It largely lies between I-95 and the Delaware River, and is bisected length-wise by Delaware Route 13, more commonly known as the Philadelphia Pike.
Unlike much of the rest of Delaware, Claymont is actually fairly hilly. Philadelphia Pike dips up and down numerous times. This elevation results in some pleasant views of the Delaware River and New Jersey, and is great if the starter on your car is shot.
The major natural landmark in Claymont is the Delaware River. The river starts in New York, and by the time it reaches Delaware (Claymont is the first town it comes to), it is over a mile wide and a "broad, sluggish inlet of the sea." Soon after Claymont, it officially becomes the Delaware Bay south of Port Penn.
As indicated by its name, there is a lot of clay in the soil in Claymont. To find any, simply dig through the few inches of topsoil and you will almost probably hit Claymont clay.
Fly into the New Castle County Airport, either on the single commercial carrier offering flights only from Atlanta or on private or chartered plane, rent a car, and drive north on I-95 until you get to the appropriate exit.
US Military personnel only: Fly into the Delaware Air National Guard Base at the New Castle County Airport or Dover Air Force Base, and follow above driving directions.
Look for the phonetic alphabet signal flags which spell out Fox Point State Park, swim or paddle ashore, and climb up the rocks and over the short fence into the park. Note: this is not technically legal (watch out for the Coast Guard), and swimming in the Delaware River is not advised.
Bellevue State Park This spacious and pleasant former DuPont family estate contains a 1 and 1/8 mile track previously used to race horses, but now used by cyclists and pedestrians. The park also has an outdoor concert cone, pond, cross country course, stables and horses, tennis courts, recycling bins, picnic pavilions, hiking trails, a Frisbee golf course, playground equipment, a nature center, ornate former DuPont buildings, and personal garden plots.
Fox Point State Park,  located between the paint factory and the steel mill, and lying on a thin reclaimed strip of former industrial wasteland between Governor Prinz Boulevard, I-495, two sets of railroad tracks, and the Delaware River, this is a pleasant, green, and peaceful place in the midst of some of Delaware's least-pleasant scenery. There is bike trail, playground equipment, picnic areas, and ample opportunities to watch container and tanker ships sail by. The riverfront view offers a unique panorama consisting of New Jersey shore, the above-mentioned industry, the Marcus Hook oil refineries, and (on clear days) the Philadelphia skyline.
Tristate Mall and Shopping Center Contains a KMart, Burlington Coat Factory, Save a Lot, and several other shops.
Goodwill Located at the intersection of Harvey Road and Philadelphia Pike, this national chain store offers sharply discounted prices on a wide variety of slightly to severely used goods. It also accepts donations.
Claymont Pharmacy Cheapest milk in town and movies for rent.
Between Books Traditional comic book and collectable store. Also features RPG games, and other activities for nerds.
Claymont Steak Shop, 3526 Philadelphia Pike, +1 302 798-5319. Outstanding cheese steaks, cheesy fries, and lots of other munchables not meant for health food fans. Affordable and tasty.
Pat's Pizza, 1815 Philadelphia Pike, +1 302 792-2800.
Mr. Pasta, 1699 Philadelphia Pike.
El Tapatia, 1700 Philadelphia Pike, +1 302 791-9566. Good Mexican food at decent prices.
Arby's 2719 Philadelphia Pike, +1 302 798-7882.
Boston Market, 3603 Philadelphia Pike, +1 302 798-5300.
Burger King, 2911 Philadelphia Pike, +1 302 798-0328.
Mc Donald's, 2702 Philadelphia Pike, +1 302 798-0198. Commonly known locally as "The World's Worst Mc Donald's."
Domino's Pizza, 3603 Philadelphia Pike, +1 302 792-0303
China Star, 333 Naamans Rd # 30, +1 302 793-1144
For anyone after authentic Mexican food, there is a restaurant located behind the Claymont Pharmacy which is about as authentic as you can get. It is possibly known as Los Potrillos Mexican. +1 302 793-1984
There are several areas of Section 8 housing and apartment blocks which it may be wise to avoid.
The City Steel Mill, DuPont Paint Plant, a coal power plant, plus the nearby refineries of Marcus Hook, PA, may contribute to the high rate of respiratory aliments experienced by residents. Also, several neighborhoods are occasionally covered in a dusting of fine black powder of unknown origin. Breather discretion is advised.
Finally, as stated above, do not swim in the river, or play on the train tracks, for that matter.
Wilmington is located a few minutes drive south down Philadelphia Pike, Governor Prinz Boulevard, I-95, or I-495.
Philadelphia can be reached in less than half an hour by getting on I-95, driving north, and getting off at any number of exits.
Marcus Hook, located directly over the Pennsylvania border, is a town renown for its two riverfront oil refineries, and its history.
Chester, Pennsylvania is located a few miles north over the state line, past Marcus Hook. Travel there cannot be recommended, however, as it is one of the most economically depressed and crime-ridden areas around. However, it is the birthplace of the Hoagie sandwich.