Destination: Richmond, Virginia

by GO GlobeHopper

The capital of the state of Virginia is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The Founding Father, Patrick Henry, is famous for his speech “Give me liberty or give me death,” which preceded the Revolutionary War. The city is steeped in history, not only for the military action there in the 1700s during the Revolution but also for the American Civil War battles that were fought in the area between 1861 and 1865. Now modernized, this destination offers travelers a broad mix of outdoor experiences and sports, diverse art and museums, shopping, creative cuisine, and a flourishing craft beer scene, alongside numerous historic attractions. The eclectic mix of things to see and do in Richmond creates something for everyone to enjoy, for a weeklong vacation or a simple weekend getaway.

River Cruise

Accommodations range from Airbnb and bed and breakfast properties to an abundance of chain hotels, moderate inns, and boutique lodgings.  For luxury, check out Linden Row, The Commonwealth, and the historic Jefferson Hotel.

Some of the most popular attractions in the city include Riverfront Canal Cruises. This 40-minute cruise is a visitor favorite and includes a guide that narrates the tour. It is very similar to what travelers would find along the San Antonio River Walk in Texas.

There is an abundance of interesting museums in Richmond that are worth a look including the Science Museum of Virginia, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond Railroad Museum, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Black History Museum, and the American Civil War Museum.

The Historic Hollywood Cemetery was designed in 1847 as a rural-style garden cemetery.  It overlooks the James River and offers a beautiful stroll through history. The memorials are outstanding, many of which commemorate Civil War soldiers. Some of the crypts are so old and ornate that sections resemble New Orleans cemeteries.

Maymont Park

For more tranquil strolls and sightseeing, consider the 1.25-mile Canal Walk along the James River-Kanawha Canal, or visit Pocahantas State Park.

Maymont Park also falls into this category as a 100-acre park with a historic house museum, an arboretum, gardens, a carriage collection, wildlife exhibits, and a small farm/petting zoo.

For an adrenaline-pumping experience, check out a race at Richmond Raceway, which hosts NASCAR’s Cup Series twice a year.  The Xfinity Series, Truck series, and Whelen Modified Series also run here.  Check the NASCAR schedule HERE.  The raceway also hosts seasonal and other events.

Theme park enthusiasts will enjoy King’s Dominion for a variety of rides and roller coasters, a 20-acre waterpark, and interesting seasonal events.

Grizzly Roller Coaster at King’s Dominion

For visitors in search of a mall, try Short Pump Town Center which features 140 stores, restaurants, and places of entertainment.

If you’re feeling sportive and want to catch a local baseball game for the Flying Squirrels, visit The Diamond.  There is also a wide variety of golf courses in the region.  Some of the best public courses include Belmont, which was designed by A.W. Tillinghast; the championship course of Independence Golf Club; and the beautiful Club at Viniterra to name just a few.

For visitors that enjoy the craft beer scene, there is a lot to explore.  To assist, one of the best tours is the Richmond Beer Trail for discovering breweries and taste testing, etc.

American Civil War Museum

Of course, if you are a foodie or just a lover of food in general, Richmond has a lot to offer.  For starters, the city is loaded with BBQ joints, but hands down the best is ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque located on W. Moore Street.  For over-the-top burgers and a pub atmosphere, do not miss Cobra Burger.  For southern cuisine, Mama J’s Kitchen is a must-try.  For upscale dining, everyone raves about L’Opossum for a mix of French and American cuisine and an interior inspired by Andy Warhol. For Greek food, you can’t beat Stella’s.  In the mood for steak?  There is a variety of steakhouse franchises in the area, including Outback, Longhorn, and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill at the Short Pump Town Center Mall.  Plus, you’ll find Texas Roadhouse on Kroger Center Blvd.

No matter whether you’re a history buff, a lover of art and culture, a NASCAR fan, or a foodie, you’ll find plenty in Richmond, Virginia to keep you entertained.



Photo Credits:
Lead photo via Wallpaperuse
All others – Visit Richmond Virginia

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