Richmond, the capital of the US state Virginia, is one of America’s oldest cities, no wonder this region is teeming with impressive historic attractions. In addition to its rich Civil War heritage, Richmond has become a top tourist spot due its unique attributes, such as its local breweries, award-winning wineries, farm-to-table eateries, cutting-edge architecture and extreme water sports. From urban attractions to small-town atmosphere, from historic districts to nature’s wonders, Richmond’s many facets make it one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
Virginia is for Lovers, as what they say, and Richmond welcomes all lovers—of history. Sites of American Revolution and memories of the Civil War are all over the city, and what best way to celebrate Richmond’s colorful past than by visiting establishments and places upholding history such as St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Museum of the Confederacy, the Virginia Historical Society, The American Civil War Center, and Virginia State Capitol to name a few. For laid-back and passive leisure, the city beams with nature centers, wide parks and well-groomed gardens exuding a relaxing air, such as The Maymont Park, Byrd Park, and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. And for a more adventure-packed activity, there is the James River granting unlimited opportunities for outdoor adventure, particularly white water rafting.
For tourists travelling by plane, the best way to enter Richmond is through Richmond International Airport. From the airport, major city transports such as taxis, buses and rent-a-car services assist visitors in getting to their destination. Richmond may be a compact city, but it is still best to explore its attractions by car. Meanwhile, there are buses from The Greater Richmond Transit Company that have routes in Richmond’s major tourist spots.
Richmond is overflowing with attractions and interesting spots, and exploring its corners means staying in this lovely city for a few days. Richmond is home to many excellent accommodations, and finding a home for the holidays will never be a hassle. From decent bed and breakfasts to high-end and luxurious hotels, there is something that fulfills every tourist’s preference. Grace Manor Inn, The Jefferson Hotel, Embassy Suites, and Omni Richmond are only some of the accommodations that get positive reviews due to their exemplary service and visitor-friendly amenities.
To shop, dine and get entertained are also part of the itinerary. Shopping aficionados will be delighted to roam Carytown and hop from one quaint shop to the next. Its line-up of unique stores will surely bring excitement, as it is only in Carytown where one-of-a-kind items are seen. Further, the stretch is also home to some of Richmond’s local breweries. Meanwhile, the concentration of Richmond’s fine restaurants can be found in the stretch of Shockoe Bottom right in the heart of the historic district. From budgeted eateries such as Vito’s and Sidewalk Café, to mid-range like Panda Garden and Capital Ale House, there is one that can surely satisfy the hunger.