Wilmington, NC: Wilmington and Island Beaches, N.C., is welcoming visitors that have been home-bound in recent months to take a road trip to the coast to enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities and open space. While many of the destination’s doors, stores and beach accesses are open once again, visitors will find much more to explore. From unwinding and wandering, to escaping and savoring, Wilmington is open for whatever visitors are ready for.

Surrounded by water, Wilmington and its island beaches – Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville – feature plenty of places to enjoy ocean sunrises, riverfront sunsets, Intracoastal Waterway and marsh views. Here you will find world-class gardens, state and municipal parks in natural settings, fitness trails, and a 230-block National Register historic district perfect for strolling through.

“Research indicates that current traveler priorities include feelings of emotional well-being, joy, happiness and relaxation, and we are very fortunate that our destination naturally lends itself to these very desires,” said Kim Hufham, President and CEO of the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). “Anyone in search of some R&R via a socially distanced getaway should put Wilmington and Beaches at the top of their list.”

The CVB’s new ad campaign, “We’re Open for You,” allows visitors to place themselves into the experience of relaxing and finding joy while also being mindful of the current situation. The CVB has developed summer vacation trip ideas and 48-hour road trip itineraries intended to help travelers make the most of a vacation or quick trip to Wilmington or one of its beaches while still practicing social distancing.

The Wilmington area is easily accessible for travelers from in-state or nearby states. Thanks to convenient access via numerous interstates, Wilmington is the perfect destination for road trippers or anyone looking for an active staycation. Additionally, many lodging properties have adopted enhanced safety and cleaning protocols to offer comfort and ease of mind while traveling.

About Wilmington and Island Beaches

Wilmington and its Island Beaches is surrounded by water, history and natural beauty at every turn, from a scenic Riverwalk lined with celebrated restaurants, unique boutiques, performing arts venues and art galleries, to a 230-plus-block National Register Historic District, and three island beaches. Wilmington is a coastal destination that offers a diverse range of city experiences, along with activities at the nearby beaches – Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. For more information, go to WilmingtonAndBeaches.com or call (800) 641-7082. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CapeFearCoastNC and Twitter and Instagram, @WilmingtoNCoast.


Leah Knepper
French West Vaughan