See the earth come rushing up to meet you as the wheels touch the tarmac at Wilmington International Airport (ILM) in Wilmington.
There's nowhere to get some shut-eye at the airport unless you don't mind laying awkwardly around uncomfortable armrests. But there's no need to worry, as you'll find several hotels within easy reach. Sleep off your jet lag at the Comfort Suites Wilmington, a popular stop that's only 2 miles (3 kilometers) away. It offers guests 24-hour exercise facilities The Quality Inn Wilmington, 2 miles (3 kilometers) away, is an inviting alternative.
Sometimes you need to stay near the airport but yearn for more cafes, restaurants and other amenities than the terminal can offer. Explore Wilmington and its 9 hotels. Some fine choices here are the Hilton Wilmington Riverside and the Best Western Plus Coastline Inn.
Avoid the chaos of the airport in between flights. Explore whatever is available in the airport's vicinity. History doesn't always come alive in books, but the exhibitions at Cape Fear Museum make learning an enriching experience for all guests. Keep in mind, however, that that's not all. History enthusiasts often enjoy informational tours of Bellamy Mansion Museum, a memorable historic residence.
Now that you know where you're going and what you'd like to see and do, be sure to secure your hotel right away.
Though Wilmington, NC Airport (ILM-Wilmington Intl.) doesn't have any accommodations in the immediate area, you're bound to find a great place if you expand your search.
If sitting in a cramped plane seat for hours has left you feeing tired and weary, the Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington will be a welcome sight. Just a short commute from the terminal, it boasts conference facilities, fitness facilities and on-site laundry facilities as well as comfy beds. Alternatively, throw your suitcase in the cab and head a few minutes down the road to the Howard Johnson by Wyndham Wilmington. Here, you can enjoy access to 24-hour business center, complimentary breakfasts and business services.