Sunday, October 7, 2012

Wilmington North Carolina Travel

Wilmington is the biggest of North Carolina's coastal cities, the seat of New Hanover County. This city is home to The University of North Carolina, and I found it had a lot to offer a visitor- it is handy to beaches and other major North Carolina cities (easy driving distance), and is full of history!

The Historic District of Wilmington is pretty big, with lots to see- around 300 blocks! We took a Wilmington trolley Tour, which showcases the best of the district, and you can also take narrated riverboat tours. A stroll around the area will give you an idea of the charms of historic Wilmington. All buildings must comply with the established historical standards, so taking a stroll through the residential area is like taking a step back in time to a neighbourhood of yesteryear! You can tour some of the houses in the district, like the Bellamy mansion, the city's most spectacular example of Antebellum architecture.

Wilmington's other drawcard is the beaches, and by extension, the seafood! There are three main seaside communities, Kure Beach, Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Wrightsville is the closest, while Kure and Carolina are to the south of the city. Whilst the beaches host a lot of holidaymakers in the summer, they are always pleasant, not too crowded and perfect for walking, swimming and sunbathing. Between Wrightsville and the Southern beaches we found the Masonboro Island Coastal reserve to be a great place to experience an undeveloped part of the coast. It is mostly untouched and accessible only by boat.

Carolina Beach
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