Hi. I'm Mary Simpson and I've worked for the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau for 28 years.

Covered BridgeLong before the Delaware Byways and National Scenic Byways programs were established, the route of the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway was always one of my favorite places to take a drive. It begins in Downtown Wilmington at Rodney Square and continues on Route 52 North to the Delaware/Pennsylvania border. The Byway also runs on Route 100 where it intersects with Route 52 N to the Delaware/Pennsylvania border.

Aside from having beautiful scenery with gorgeous estates and rolling hills to enjoy, it's a "Cultural Byway," as well. One could spend days visiting each museum, garden and attraction along the way. Just outside of Downtown Wilmington is Gibraltar Mansion and Gardens, and Goodstay House and its 1700s garden is across the street.

MansionNext you will come to the Delaware Museum of Natural History and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.  Close by are Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Hagley Museum and Library. Farther north into Pennsylvania are Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum.

You'll also pass by many quaint shopping areas, antiques shops, bed & breakfast inns, restaurants and wineries, too. Schedule a few days because you'll need them to see everything. You can find lots of information about these attractions and more at www.VisitWilmingtonDE.com.

Mary Simpson
Director of Finance and Administration
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau