Wilmington, DE & The Brandywine Valley, PA, Guide and Information

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Welcome to Wilmington, DE & The Brandywine Valley

The scenic and historic Brandywine Valley in Delaware and Pennsylvania is also home to some of the best shops and markets, world-class restaurants, and charming places to stay. Wilmington, Delaware, located on the Christina and Delaware rivers, is the urban hub of the region, with lively streets, beautiful parks, and lots to do and see in every season. The city has so much to offer in neighborhoods like Trolley Square, Market Street and the Riverfront, and serves as a center for banking and innovation with world-class restaurants, museums, performing arts venues, and of course, tax-free shopping! Outside the city, charming towns like Kennett Square and Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania, and Hockessin and Greenville, Delaware offer so much to explore and do, all within an easy drive from New York, Philadelphia or Washington. Come stand where George Washington and his Continental Army stood in 1777, walk through the perfectly preserved estates of the duPonts, and move on to dinner at a James-Beard-award-winning restaurant followed by an outdoor evening performance at Longwood Gardens.

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Top 3 Things to Do in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Brandywine Valley

Just slightly south of Philadelphia sits a somewhat overlooked destination that deserves any traveler’s attention when considering an East Coast vacation. Wilmington, Delaware, combined with Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley, provides a wealth of culture, history and world-class cuisine, where you might least expect it.

Intrigued? We thought you might be. Here are three things to do in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley to get you started on your explorations of this can’t-miss region.

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Where to Shop in Wilmington, Delaware

Part of the Brandywine Valley, which it shares with neighboring Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware, is a small destination in a small state — but it manages to pack a big personality and a lot of history within its small footprint.

Beyond offering a bevy of interesting museums and historical sites for visitors to peruse, as well as lots of outdoor attractions and great restaurants and watering holes, Wilmington also offers some stellar shopping options. This is, in part, thanks to the lack of sales tax all over the state. When you shop in Delaware, you save.

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The Best Places to Stay in Wilmington, Delaware, and Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley

While Wilmington, Delaware, and the adjacent overall Brandywine Valley may not be as familiar to frequent travelers as nearby Philadelphia, the region is still worth a visit for anyone interested in destinations offering fantastic dining, world-class shopping and loads of historic charm. Likely most well known as a key landscape in the Revolutionary War, the area now offers ways for visitors to interact with area history, enjoy James Beard award-winning dining experiences and shop tax-free.

But before you can really enjoy all of the above, you'll need to find a place to stay. Here are four great picks for travelers considering a visit.

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