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Charleston SC 4 years 4 months ago #149

  • Mark Brenberger
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Hello again and happy Monday Cessna Flyers! Many of you no doubt are getting ready to gather in or near Oshkosh for a little event going on there this week. Safe travels and we'll join you next year.

For those of you who enjoy history and good southern cooking, there is no better place to visit than Charleston, South Carolina. Our 182 took us there in just over an hour and twenty minutes. We chose Charleston Executive Aiprort (KJZI) and have no regrets regarding that decision. Myrtle Beach and Charleston approach controllers were great. They have a first class FBO and everyone from the line folks to the ladies behind the desk treated us with the utmost respect. Enterprise car rentals are available on-site and we understand that a taxi to historic Charleston is $20-25 one way. Our rental car was brought out to the line for us and we were on our way after a brief stop inside to do the paperwork and provide a credit card.

Three important notes; 1) Take a look at the airport diagram en route. The FBO is not easy to spot if you arrive on 09/27. 2) Self-serve fuel is abeam the numbers on 09, while the FBO is a good distance away. However, self-service fuel counts toward the minimum purchase to waive the landing/tie-down/security fee, which is 15 gallons. (We'll buy fuel next time. Be prepared for a $40 fee if you don't buy fuel). 3) If you drive, beware that Charleston traffic and especially parking in the historic district can be challenging.

So, go downtown and dive into one of the most historic cities in the south. Enjoy the drive up River Road from the airport. The arching live oaks covered in Spanish moss are quite picturesque. Charleston was once the 5th largest and the wealthiest city in North America. Plenty of precolonial, colonial, and antebellum history, homes, sites, and museums to see. Start out at the Visitor's center to park and get your bearings. Plan on walking or taking the free trollies as you don't want to move your car. Go south of Broad Street, walk along the river and look out at the lighthouse and Ft. Sumter. Take the water taxi out to the USS Yorktown and take a tour. There's so much good southern food, seafood, and ethnic food, you won't have any problem finding something to eat. Explore the old market. There are also numerous lodging choices if you are staying for more than the day. We plan to return for an overnight visit to take a ghost tour and see more of the old city.

So, let's hear about your adventures!
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