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 […]

Letter from dad inspires local runner to first-place finish at Wrightsville Beach Marathon

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WILMINGTON – The motivation one may use to fuel themselves in an athletic competition varies from person to person. For Wilmington resident Erin Hogston, a letter penned by her late father while he was stationed overseas – found just days before this weekend’s race – helped provide reassurance that dad was watching. Racing conditions were about […]

Going to the Wells Fargo Championship? Here’s how parking will work

Google Maps has highlighted areas where parking will be available for Wells Fargo Championship.

WILMINGTON – With less than 50 days to go before the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship comes to Wilmington, tournament officials this week announced locations for parking, shuttle services and will-call sites for when the event arrives in early May at Eagle Point Golf Club in Porters Neck. The tournament is May 1-7. Designated shuttle service to […]

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 […]

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