Flights to Charleston
Charleston is West Virginia’s capital and largest city. Full of parks, Charleston combines open spaces with beautiful architecture, creating a variety of tourist attractions.
Flights to Charleston arrive at the Yeager International Airport (airport code: CRW) which is the largest and busiest airport in West Virginia, and is situated just 5 kilometres (3 miles) from the central business district. All airlines that have flights to Charleston involve two connections from South Africa. The most common route for flights to Charleston stops first in London, and then in Washington DC. British Midland, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic all offer this pair of connecting cities. Lufthansa takes a different approach with its stops in Frankfurt and then Charlotte, North Carolina.
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The Tourist Attractions in Charleston:
West Virginia State Capitol
While many state capitols try to rival that of the US Capitol, the West Virginia State Capitol is one of the ones that actually achieves this! This hugely impressive building features the largest state capitol dome in the country and to top it off it is covered in gold leaf. The state capitol is open for guided tours from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 3.30pm.
The State Capitol is situated within a complex that also features several other governmental buildings – the Governors Mansion for example is here, as is the Cultural Center. The grounds are very attractive too and are scattered with an assortment of historical statues.
West Virginia Cultural Center and State Museum
Situated within the state capitol complex, the West Virginia Cultural Center takes up three floors of the West Virginia State Museum, both of which make for interesting visits. The museum is one of Charleston’s many historical buildings.
Avampato Discovery Museum
The Avampato Discovery Museum offers a selection of attractions and exhibits mainly focused around science. The interactive displays are popular with children as are the giant-screen films and planetarium. Adults, more so than children, may be interested in the museum’s art gallery too.
Kanawha State Forest
Charleston is home to numerous parks and recreation sites, the largest of which is the Kanawha State Forest. With 9,300 acres of forest to enjoy visitors can stay in one of the many campsites, go hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, cross country skiing, and swimming here.
Annual Events in Charleston
Charleston is home to an array of annual events, so it’s a good idea to check the schedule before making your travel plans. Plan your trip in line with events such as the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta if you enjoy carnival style rides, and live music. Or come in June for FestivALL, a cultural festival that includes music, dance and theatre.
When Should You Visit?:
Charleston has four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and quite humid with temperatures in the high 20’s and low 30’s C in June, July and August. Autumn is pleasant up until late October when the warm and dry weather starts to change. Spring is quite unpredictable so may not be the best time to plan a visit, while winters are milder than other cities in West Virginia, even though snow is quite usual.