Flights to Dover
Dover is the capital city of the state of Delaware in the northeast United States, and the second largest city in the state after Wilmington. This historic city has a number of interesting historical attractions, and a good range of hotels and restaurants for visitors to enjoy.
There are currently no international flights to Dover because the city does not have its own commercial airport. The closest airport for flights to Dover is New Castle Airport in New Castle, though this is not large enough to accept international flights and hence the best choice would be to catch a flight to Philadelphia (airport code: PHL) instead. Philadelphia International Airport is located about 80 kilometres from Dover. Flights from South Africa are indirect with one connection and include airlines such as Virgin Atlantic Airways, Lufthansa, BMI, South African Airways, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air France, and British Airways. Another alternative for reaching Dover includes flights to Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
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The Tourist Attractions in Dover:
Dover is one of the USA’s oldest cities as it was founded in 1683 and incorporated in 1717. Named after the town of Dover in England by William Penn, Dover became the capital of Delaware in 1777 when it was decided that the capital city should be moved from New Castle to this more strategic position in the centre of the state. The historical parts of the city are now the main tourist attractions in Dover.
Dover Historical District
The historical district of Dover is located within the centre of the city and focused around the city’s central square, called The Green. The Green has played an important part in the history of the city, being the home of many events and rallies. The Delaware Supreme Court is located on The Green, as is the Kent County Courthouse, though it’s the Old State House that is most popular. Now a museum, the Old State House has been restored to its 18th century appearance and is open to the public to view the courtroom and former chambers of the legislature.
The Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art is also within this historical district. There are some interesting pieces here which date back to Colonial days, plus there is art from the periods in between, right up to the present day.
Delaware State Museum
Visitors interested in learning more about the history of Dover can visit the Delaware State Museum which is open to the public and is situated in downtown Dover. The Delaware State Library and State Archives can also be found here.
Delaware State Capitol
The Old State House was used up until 1933 when the general Assembly was moved to the new State Capitol, commonly known as Legislative Hall. This beautiful building is designed in a colonial architectural style but was in fact completed in 1933. Tours can be arranged in advance, or may be possible by walking in, subject to staff availability.
When Should You Visit?:
Dover is generally thought to be situated within a humid subtropical climatic zone. This means the city experiences fairly hot and humid summers, though not as hot as in the southern United States. Spring and autumn are pleasantly warm and winters are mild to cool. Rainfall is fairly steady and consistent throughout the year.