Fun in the Sun: Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach Professional Review and Guide
"This day trip, a straight shot from Raleigh-Durham east, mixes history, Hollywood, beaches, amusements, and great food. The area offers riverboat tours, plantation visits, and beaches only minutes away. The core of this trip is Wilmington, which has the charm of Charleston, South Carolina, but without the crowds. Wilmington appeals to visitors, who can begin with a carriage ride, then visit the many historic homes downtown, dine by the Cape Fear River, and browse the eclectic shops.
Only fifteen minutes away from downtown is Wrightsville Beach. Located on an island, the small town still retains much of its turn-of-the-century charm. A little farther is Carolina Beach, which offers several interesting nature excursions, including guided kayak ecotours of the coastal marshlands. Carolina Beach State Park provides visitors a chance to see the rare Venus-flytrap."