Current nanoparticle (NP) drug carriers mostly depend on the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect for selective drug delivery to solid tumors. However, in the absence of a persistent EPR effect, the peritumoral endothelium can function as an access barrier to tumors and negatively affect the effectiveness of NPs. In recognition of the peritumoral endothelium as a potential barrier in drug delivery to tumors, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) NPs are modified with a quinic acid (QA) derivative, synthetic mimic of selectin ligands. QA-decorated NPs (QA-NP) interact with human umbilical vein endothelial cells expressing E-/P-selectins and induce transient increase in endothelial permeability to translocate across the layer. QA-NP reach selectin-upregulated tumors, achieving greater tumor accumulation and paclitaxel (PTX) delivery than polyethylene glycol-decorated NPs (PEG-NP). PTX-loaded QA-NP show greater anticancer efficacy than Taxol or PTX-loaded PEG-NP at the equivalent PTX dose in different animal models and dosing regimens. Repeated dosing of PTX-loaded QA-NP for two weeks results in complete tumor remission in 40-60% of MDA-MB-231 tumor-bearing mice, while those receiving control treatments succumb to death. QA-NP can exploit the interaction with selectin-expressing peritumoral endothelium and deliver anticancer drugs to tumors to a greater extent than the level currently possible with the EPR effect.