Richmond, VA

Travel Guide
Richmond

With famous natives like Thomas Jefferson and Edgar Allan Poe, this city has a long and proud history and a vibrant cultural scene.

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Richmond offers visitors a huge array of museums and historic sights, as well as plenty of family-friendly activities.

Many significant moments in America’s history were played out in the Virginia State Capitol building, so it is a great place to start your visit. The building itself was designed by Thomas Jefferson in the 1780s and is still home to the Virginia General Assembly.

Take a tour of the Old House and Senate chambers, which are open to the public as a museum. There’s plenty to learn about the Civil War here, but if you want to know even more, head to the Museum of Confederacy a few blocks north.

For history of a different kind, head west to Hollywood Cemetery for a mix of history and recreation. The sprawling cemetery has a monument to the 18,000 Confederate soldiers and 25 generals buried there. Take a guided tour or pick up a map and see the mausoleums of two U.S. presidents – John Tyler and James Monroe – who are buried alongside artists, writers and millionaires.

For a taste of Richmond’s historic grandeur, head further west and arrive at Maymont, a 19th-century mansion and grounds covering 100 acres (40 hectares). As well as the beautiful architecture of the opulent house, which has been maintained as a museum, families can enjoy a petting zoo and wildlife exhibits.

A great way to escape Richmond’s notoriously hot and humid summers is at the city’s museums. For families, there’s the Science Center of Virginia and the Children’s Museum of Richmond right next door. The nearby Museum District has art spanning 5,000 years at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. See Russian jewels, and ancient sculptures and paintings by Monet and John Singer Sargent.

Hire a car to navigate the city with ease. Free parking is plentiful. Richmond’s landscape is hilly, and the attractions spread out, which makes walking or biking difficult. Public Transport is limited to a bus service. Buy a Go Card from a grocery store or newsagent and top-up to ride.

Where to stay in Richmond

Best Western Premier Richmond City Gateway
Best Western Premier Richmond City Gateway
3 out of 5
4303 Commerce Road, Richmond, VA, 23234
The price is $107 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Richmond. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.8/5 Good! (289 reviews)
"Best customer service very clean rooms - hall ways - restaurant"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Best Western Premier Richmond City Gateway
Wingate by Wyndham Richmond Short Pump
Wingate by Wyndham Richmond Short Pump
2.5 out of 5
13991 N Gayton Rd, Richmond, VA, 23233
The price is $115 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Richmond. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,041 reviews)
"I liked the water feature, the size of the room, and that it had a microwave & mini fridge."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Wingate by Wyndham Richmond Short Pump
Drury Plaza Hotel Richmond
Drury Plaza Hotel Richmond
3 out of 5
11049 West Broad St, Glen Allen, VA, 23060
The price is $121 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Glen Allen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,176 reviews)
"Very clean, nice staff. Would stay again"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Drury Plaza Hotel Richmond
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
A Cozy And Classic Hatteras 43' Yacht In One Of The Best James River Locations
A Cozy And Classic Hatteras 43' Yacht In One Of The Best James River Locations
Richmond, VA
The price is $125 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this houseboat in Richmond. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Dutch Gap Conservation Area and Henricus Historical Park ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (71 reviews)
Wonderful Stay!
"Just returned from a WONDERFUL stay on the Cookie B. We loved the location, which was quiet, peaceful, with great birding both from the boat and the Park Service road to the marina, but still only a 20 minute drive to edge of Richmond. This was our first stay on a boat, which felt like a lovely adventure. ..."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2022

A Cozy And Classic Hatteras 43' Yacht In One Of The Best James River Locations
Richmond North Kings Dominion KOA
Richmond North Kings Dominion KOA
3 out of 5
10061 Kings Dominion Blvd., Doswell, VA, 23047
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Doswell. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Kings Dominion and Meadow Event Park are located ...
Richmond North Kings Dominion KOA
A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in gated, quaint and peaceful marina near the city
A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in gated, quaint and peaceful marina near the city
Richmond, VA
The price is $125 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this beach houseboat in Richmond. Enjoy a beach locale, WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (150 reviews)
Houseboat getaway
"Very nice relaxing time close to Richmond sites."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in gated, quaint and peaceful marina near the city
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Richmond

Richmond’s picturesque streets and surrounding countryside lend themselves well to exploration by bike. Rent one in town and ride the Virginia Capital Trail, which connects Richmond with Jamestown. The rocky island of Belle Isle is best explored on foot, while a memorable way to get to know downtown is to take a Segway tour between the city’s iconic sights. Visit the Virginia Department of Transportation website.Browse Richmond rental cars.

Best time to visit

To get the most out of your trip to Richmond, visit between spring and fall, when the weather warms up. Summers can be hot and humid, with average high temperatures in the high 80s F (low 30s C). Hurricanes are a possibility at this time of year. Therefore, the shoulder seasons of spring and fall might be preferable if you’re looking to visit Richmond’s wealth of museums and cultural attractions.

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