Higher fuel prices not seen as limiting for summer driving

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WILMINGTON — The year’s off to a great start for the Carolina’s beach communities.  Easter, the first big weekend of 2017 arrived with bountiful tourists and a forecast of more of the same despite higher gasoline prices.  As the tourists were arriving, the EIA broke out the summer driving numbers from its April outlook, forecasting a 1.4 percent  increase […]

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Dreaming of the Florida Keys? Let this Wilmington photographer take you there

Travel photographer T.J. Drechsel, a Wilmington resident, just returned from the Florida Keys, where he soaked up the blue waters, danced in front of surreal sunsets and brought his camera along for the ride.

Bahia Honda Key State Park.

T.J. Drechsel took his first trip down to the Florida Keys during a wild spring break while he was still in college. He and his friends traveled from snowy Hillsdale, Michigan, all the way to the southernmost point in the United States. “I never realized that that trip would have a lasting impact on my […]

After bridge collapse in Atlanta, North Carolina DOT says “We do not compromise on safety”

Before the summer travel season heats up, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) wants to reassure drivers that the many bridges and aging highways in the state are safe to drive.

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge near Wilmington. Photo courtesy Seuess / Flickr

Scenes of a major fire engulfing a busy highway are scary. As citizens, we put a vested confidence in our local government and an unwavering sense of reliance on the roads we drive every single day. So when an elevated section of a major north-south highway near Atlanta collapsed in a massive fire last week, […]

Escape to Annecy, France: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Follow Wilmington resident Allison Barrett Carter as she explores this alpine town in southeastern France and uses her pictures to show how Annecy merges old world, a time usually only imagined, with modern life.

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You know the crystal clear alpine lake? The one that looks enticing with its blues, yet you know it will shock you through with a frigid blast? Where merry-go-rounds from yesteryear spin round on its banks and children laugh? Where beautiful people picnic with wine under the little crease where the blue sky meets the […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: Whirligig Park & Museum in Wilson, North Carolina

Underneath the urban legends that are attached to this unique two-acre park lies the brilliant and larger-than-life artwork of Vollis Simpson. His renowned whirligis are now revitalizing Wilson’s historic downtown.

Time machine day

Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Wilmington area that can be driven to with less than one tank of gas. Buckle up and hit the road. The urban legends and monikers that surround Whirligig Park […]

10 North Carolina state parks that are an easy trip from Wilmington

From the untouched terrain at Hammocks Beach to paddling the Dan River at Hanging Rock State Park, there is no reason not to visit any of these beautiful venues in the coming months.

Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County. Photo courtesy NC State Parks

As North Carolina celebrated the 100th anniversary of its state parks last year, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation said it saw a record number of visitors. Despite the wildfires that closed state parks on the western side of the state for long stretches last fall, and the damage left from Hurricane Matthew on […]

Roadtrip with your dog? Two North Carolina beaches named among 10 Best Pet Friendly Beaches

Topsail Beach and Nags Head were featured in this recent list with input from both locals and vacationers on where they like to take their pets for some fun in the sun.

Relaxing dog at the beach

If you’re planning out that spring break beach trip and you’re not sure what to do with your furry companion, Wilmington dog owners can rest assured. Topsail and Nags Head beaches in North Carolina were recently featured as two of the 10 Best Pet Friendly Beaches in the United States. The list was generated based […]

Escape to the Mighty Five in Utah: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Travel and destination photographer T.J. Drechsel, a Wilmington resident, just visited five national parks in Utah, where he encountered the surreal tableau of arches, alcoves, hoodoos, and epic canyons.

Arches National Park. Photos courtesy T.J. Drechsel

UTAH — The Mighty Five, as it is referred to by adventure seekers from around the globe, is fast becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in America. Five of the country’s most beautiful national parks are all located in a small geographical area within the state of Utah, yet each one is so […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: Lighthouses near Wilmington

They have helped ships navigate the treacherous waters off the North Carolina coast for centuries and even though GPS and other modern navigational aids now play a more crucial role in marine life, these famous lighthouses still serve as iconic symbols of America’s past.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Wilmington area that can be driven to with less than one tank of gas. Buckle up and hit the road. Oak Island Lighthouse From Wilmington: Click here for driving […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: Morrow Mountain State Park and Town Creek Indian Mound

Follow Wilmington resident Allison Barrett Carter as she and her family find the 'perfect' camping spot. With 4,500 acres of park, there are over 15 miles of trails, vacation cabins, tent sites, a lake and plenty of history.

Morrow Mountain State Park. (Photos courtesy Allison Carter)

Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Wilmington area that can be driven to with less than one tank of gas. Buckle up and hit the road. The kids are running around – dirty, free, burying […]

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