Wilmington is North Carolina's most historic city that has also been a great inspiration for American Culture. Originally settled in the 1720's, farmers and planters exploited the area for its natural resources. Moving into the 1800s and 1900s, lumber and shipyards became the primary sources of Wilmington's economy. The Historic District that encompasses over 300 blocks has survived numerous attacks and battles during the Civil War. One of the best places to visit in the Historic area is the Old Cotton Exchange. Housing over 20 boutiques and restaurants tourists and locals can find some unique gifts. Only two blocks away is the Riverwalk, a popular attraction to spend a day with galleries, riverboats, and Icehouses.
Nearby, Wrightsville Beach is where locals hit the beach. On the way, you can stop by UNC Wilmington and see its gorgeous campus.
Wilmington has also had a great impact on the American culture. EUE Screen Gem Studios is the largest production studio outside of Hollywood in the US. It's produced over 300 movies including the Ninja Turtles and A Walk to Remember. Two iconic TV series, Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill are also shot here. Visitors can visit the studios and visit the sets of these shows. Nearby, the USS North Carolina is a WWII Battleship that is now a museum.
It is also home to two of the greatest American athletes, basketball great Michael Jordan and boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard.