Wilmington, Del., and the surrounding Brandywine Valley — about 300 miles and five hours by car from Pittsburgh — offer a series of contrasts for visitors: town and country, preservation and progress.

The spring is a good time to check out the region, as many special, timely events and festivals are on the schedule. For a full overview, check out visitwilmingtonde.com, or call 800-489-6664.

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