Welcome to Wilmington
A unique cultural milieu (African Americans, Jews and Caribbeans) and an energetic arts scene make this city worth a visit. Wilmington is also a good launchpad for exploring the scenic Brandywine Valley, 6 miles north, and its many historic homes, gardens and mills. Much of the current grandeur traces back to the Du Pont family, whose legacy began with a gunpowder mill on the banks of the Brandywine River. The 1.3-mile downtown riverfront along the Christina River is a nice place for a patio meal and a stroll. And no description of Wilmington is complete without mentioning hometown politician Joe Biden, former vice-president and US senator, who regularly rode Amtrak between Wilmington and Washington, DC. After his tenure as vice-president ended in 2017, he rode Amtrak home.