Flights to Clarksville
Located in the north of the US state of Tennessee is the city of Clarksville. Founded in 1785 the city was named after a Revolutionary War general, George Rogers Clark, and it is one of the most historic cities in Tennessee and the Southern United States.
The nearest airport for flights to Clarksville is the Nashville International Airport (airport code: BNA), though there is still a 40 minute drive between the airport and Clarksville. It’s on a major interstate highway, so the drive is fairly easy. Coming from Johannesburg, flights to Clarksville will typically have 2 stops. British Midland connects in London and Atlanta, but Virgin Atlantic goes through London and New York City instead. A flight to Clarksville with Air France will take you to Paris before also stopping in New York.
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The Tourist Attractions in Clarksville:
As a historic city it’s the history of Clarksville that is the main attraction for tourists in this, the oldest incorporated city in the state of Tennessee. There is the Historic Downtown to explore in addition to other old districts and neighbourhoods scattered throughout the city limits.
Clarksville Historic Downtown
Beautifully restored the historic downtown area of Clarksville is a great place to start any visit to this city. The old brick sidewalks and period lighting all add to the historic atmosphere, and the antique shops and boutiques give it an upmarket feel. Probably the best way to make the most of historic downtown Clarksville is by doing the self guided walking tour, called Walk Clarksville. This takes you to see all the best architecture, local restaurants, art and more.
While the downtown of Clarksville has a modern twist the re-created village of Collinsville gives visitors a better feel for what life was like back in the days of early European settlement. The village is a 30 minute drive from downtown Clarksville but especially if you’re travelling with children this attraction is usually a hit, and the country drive is scenic too! You’ll see numerous buildings dating from 1830 to 1870, and period costumes worn by the staff. There are also picnic areas and walking trails to enjoy.
Museums in Clarksville
If the two above attractions have sparked your interest in Clarksville history there are several other attractions to visit along these lines too. The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is one that’s located in the downtown area and it’s the second largest general museum in Tennessee. The Don F Pratt Memorial Museum focuses on aircraft from World War 2 onwards, while there are also a couple of historic mansions to visit. Smith-Trahern Mansion was built in the years leading to the Civil War, and Emerald Hill Mansion was built in the 1820’s.
When Should You Visit?:
Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year in Clarksville so there’s no month where you’re guaranteed dry weather. If you like it warm, then visit Clarksville during the summer; between May and September you should have temperatures between the mid 20’s to low 30’s C. Winters are cool to cold in terms of temperature and snowfall is common.