Flights to Hampton
History, scenery, and recreation are just three of the attractions you can enjoy when holidaying in Hampton. This city is one of the famous ‘Hampton Roads’ cities and is situated in the east of the US state of Virginia, on Hampton Roads Harbour.
If you want to catch flight to Hampton, you’ll most likely be arriving at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (airport code: PHF). It’s a very busy airport with more than a million passengers each year, and there is a public bus service into the city. Only Delta Airlines has a 1-stop flight to Hampton from South Africa, with a stop in Atlanta. If you fly with Virgin Atlantic, you’ll get to transfer in London and then Charlotte. For one more choice, catch a flight to Hampton with Lufthansa. They connect in Frankfurt and Philadelphia.
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The Tourist Attractions in Hampton:
Hampton is one of the oldest cities in the United States as it was first settled in July 1610. Although much of its history has now disappeared Hampton does still hold some historical buildings. Nowadays this is a modern city and a highly desirable place to live, along with the other cities that make up the Hampton Roads area.
Historical Attractions in Hampton
Hampton has long had an association with the military and there are several old forts. Fort Monroe was built in 1819 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The fort is still in use to this day, but it has become a popular tourist attraction. You can visit the Casement Museum on site which shows the history of the fort and Old Point Comfort, and you’ll get to see the cell where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was held.
Also on the site of Fort Monroe is Old Point Comfort Light. This historic light and keepers’ house was first lit in 1802 and is still in use today.
Fort Wool is another of the forts in Hampton. Originally called Fort Calhoun this historic fort was built in the 1830’s. This one is no longer in use and was decommissioned from military service in 1967. Now it serves as a park and site of historical interest that’s accessible by ferry and tour boats from Hampton.
St John’s Episcopal Church in Hampton is another historical site of interest. This is the oldest English speaking continuous church in the United States as it was first founded in 1610, the year that Hampton was settled. The current church building has been standing here since 1728.
Finally, the Hampton University is a site of major historical interest. This is a historically black university and part of its campus is designated a National Historic Landmark District, including the Mansion House, Virginia Hall, and a chapel, as well as the Emancipation Oak.
To find out more about certain elements of Hampton’s history the city has several museums you can visit. There is the Air Power Park Museum that focuses on Hampton’s role in early space exploration, as well as the Virginia Air and Space Center which serves as the visitor centre for both the Langley Air Force Base and Langley Research Centre. You can also visit Hampton History Museum, Hampton University Museum, and Jefferson Davis Casement Museum.
When Should You Visit?:
Hampton has a temperate climate so generally speaking it remains mild to hot throughout the year. Rainfall is fairly high, peaking during the hottest month, July, when the average high temperature is 31C. April and October are good months to visit as rainfall is lower and the temperatures are pleasant with the average high of 21C in both months.