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 city has museums, restaurants and fine arts, and the less-urban valley is known for its elegant estates and gardens of a bygone area.

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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