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Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley Area Overview

America's corporate capital.
America's garden capital.

Winterthur MuseumIn Wilmington, Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, town and country have never been closer.

Drive only a few miles from the meetinghouses and courtrooms of downtown Wilmington, and you'll be able to hear the hum of the city quickly give way to the quiet of the Brandywine Valley, a place where countryside estates and gardens have been carefully preserved for more than a century. The best of both worlds co-exist here like nowhere else, and a visit means never having to choose one over the other.

Come for the museums, galleries and stages in Wilmington, where decades of community commitment to the arts are on display every day ... and then drive just a few miles north to wander through the public gardens that have made the Brandywine Valley an international tourism destination.

Discover the daily creations of the chefs who are charting the future of MidAtlantic cuisine ... and then go on a tasting tour through the local wineries and vineyards of the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region.

Shop the ever-expanding Christiana Mall, but leave time to explore the boutiques and antique shops on quaint Main Streets throughout the region. Catch a concert on stage at World Café Live at the Queen, and then see the next big thing emerging from the college scene in Newark.

Every year, more than 5 million people from all over the world come to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley for weekend getaways, meetings, conferences, reunions and weddings. We look forward to welcoming you, too.

Getting Here

Location: Midway between New York City and Washington, D.C., approximately 100 miles from each. Wilmington, Delaware is 30 minutes from center city Philadelphia, 60 minutes from Lancaster ("Amish Country"), 90 minutes from Baltimore, Atlantic City, and the Delaware beaches

State: First state. Second smallest. Home of one United States congressman, two United States senators, and one vice president.

Major Highway Access: I-95, I-495, I-295, New Jersey Turnpike/Delaware Memorial Bridge

Rail Access: North and south bound Amtrak trains stop in Wilmington. SEPTA's R-2 commuter trains run to/from Wilmington and Newark to Philadelphia with more than 70 trains daily.

Air Access: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): 20 minutes to Downtown Wilmington; New Castle County Airport (ILG): 10 minutes to Downtown Wilmington


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The Visitors Center operates Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Our toll-free number is 1-800-489-6664

100 West 10th Street, Suite 20 Wilmington, DE 19801
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