Wilmington NC and the beaches of the Cape Fear Coast — Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach — hold delights and curiosities around every corner. Set sail or learn to surf. Explore a Civil War battlefield or a WWII battleship. Trace the footsteps of movie stars (Wilmington NC is home to a Screen Gems studio and One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek locations).
Wilmington was settled on the Cape Fear River and offers its historic downtown with its one mile long Riverwalk as a main tourist attraction. It is minutes away from nearby beaches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Wilmington, North Carolina one of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. City residents have the advantage of living nestled between the river and the ocean with Wrightsville Beach a short 20 minute drive from downtown.