"The Port City of Wilmington" Top 5 Page for this destination Wilmington by acemj

Wilmington Travel Guide: 235 reviews and 411 photos

How could I live three hours from Wilmington for nine years and not ever visit? What a mistake! Wilmington's beauty is not dramatic like Prague or San Francisco, but it's as certain as the flow of the river. She takes her time in dazzling you rather than coming on strong with bold first impressions. Her charms are subtle and easy to sink into, like a comfortable chair or a slowly engrossing novel.

Historically, the town was settled by European traders because of its river location and its potential as a port city. Soon, it began to live up to this potential and quickly became one of the world's most important ports for the export of such items as naval stores and cotton. Fortunately for us, much of this history has been preserved in Wilmington's surprisingly big historic district, a 200 block treasure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In recent years, Wilmington has become a hotbed for Hollywood productions and artistic endeavors. An eclectic array of restaurants and shops lines the streets of downtown and a youthful spirit of progressive thinking is easy to discover by engaging a willing local into a discussion over a coffee in one of the city's many cafes.

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  • TimDaoust's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 8:20 AM

    If you're into NC's beaches you should check out my Ocracoke page if you've not been. It is by far my favorite NC beach, even after years of visiting Wilmington and Carolina beach.

  • Astrobuck's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2005 at 10:11 PM

    I'm willing to bet that beauty is your wife...you have good taste I might add! Thanks for the Wilmington pictures. I grew up there and I sure do miss it. Thank you so much once again!

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2003 at 11:27 AM

    Excellent page Mark

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2003 at 5:55 PM

    An excellent overview of Wilmington and its attractions! Your photos of the old battleship were also great!

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2003 at 5:11 PM

    Love the old architecture! History and beaches WOW! Another Great page! Thanks! :-)

  • Feb 25, 2003 at 7:47 AM

    I love pizza, but not alligators! That beauty is trap or trap is a beauty?

  • ainhoaflies's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2002 at 12:47 PM

    Brought back quite some good memories from Wilmington!Thanks

  • Jul 19, 2002 at 8:23 PM

    my kinda tourist trap!

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2002 at 1:32 PM

    Looks like a nice town for a long-weekend get-away.

  • mafootje's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2002 at 11:12 AM

    Nice Legs ;-)


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