Charleston South Carolina Flights:
Flights to Charleston South Carolina
Not to be confused with Charleston in West Virginia, this city in South Carolina is also a historic city and is situated on the Atlantic Ocean, about half way down the coast of South Carolina.
The local airport is the Charleston International Airport (airport code: CHS), and it’s about 19 kilometres (12 miles) outside of town. You can take a taxi, shuttle or public bus to get you from the airport to downtown. Virgin Atlantic, British Midland, and British Airways all offer the same route for their flights to Charleston, traveling through London and then New York City. South African Airways also has the same flight to Charleston. For a different route, fly with Delta Airlines and transfer in Atlanta and New York.
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The Tourist Attractions in Charleston South Carolina:
Founded in 1670 as Charles Towne, the city was named after King Charles II of England. Much of the city’s architecture from historic times remains because Charleston didn’t suffer much damage during the Civil War and then became the first city in the USA to pass a historic preservation order. This means that visitors today, and for many generations, should be able to enjoy the city’s history.
In terms of historic attractions there’s a lot here to see; this is after all the primary reason why many tourists come to Charleston!
See the place where it all began for the city at the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. This is about 3 miles (4.8km) from downtown and is on the west bank of the Ashley River where the settlement of Charleston started.
Charleston Museum is the best place to get an overview of the city’s history and will also enable you to pick out some of the historic sites you particularly want to visit from different periods in Charleston’s history. Amongst those sites are the French Quarter, which is ironically where the English colonial walled town once stood! This area is now well known for its art galleries, churches and historic architecture.
Talking of churches, Charleston is very rich in them! The city even has the nickname Holy City because of the tolerance it gave to people of different religions who had fled from persecution. What this has resulted in is many different kinds of churches and other religious buildings. There’s the French Huguenot Church, the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim dating from 1749 and the Circular Congregational Church that was founded in 1681.
Many visitors to Charleston enjoy a visit to Fort Sumter. The historic fort is situated on an island and is accessible via a ferry ride of about 30 minutes, so you get to enjoy two attractions at once! Fort Sumter was the site of the start of the American Civil War so it’s an important historic site and has been designated a National Monument. Unfortunately most of it is now in ruins but it’s still an interesting visit if you wander around and read the markers.
The visitor centre for Fort Sumter is located back on the mainland in Charleston in Liberty Square. You can take the ferry ride from here and also enjoy a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium.
When Should You Visit?:
There’s a humid subtropical climate in Charleston making this a good city to visit at any time of the year. Summers are hot and humid but also the wettest months between June and September. Winters are mild, making way for a warm spring, perfect for sightseeing!