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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

Omni Richmond Hotel
Omni Richmond Hotel
4 out of 5
100 S 12th St, Richmond, VA
The price is $118 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shockoe Slip, Virginia Governor's Mansion, and Virginia Civil Rights Memorial. Virginia ...
4.2/5Excellent! (975 reviews)
"Nice place to stay"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Omni Richmond Hotel
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
4 out of 5
12042 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
The price is $119 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Situated in a shopping district, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Short Pump Town Center, Sheltering Arms Institute, and Children's Museum of Richmond. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (673 reviews)
"Nice hotel for what we were looking for! Very big, rooms are big and the garage was nice to have"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
Graduate Richmond
Graduate Richmond
4 out of 5
301 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $111 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Located in Downtown Richmond, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of VCU Institute for Contemporary Art and Altria Theater. Greater Richmond Convention Center ...
4.3/5Excellent! (975 reviews)
"Their rooftop pool is closed but other than that it was a really nice stay. Clean facility. Valet parking is great just pricey. But overall great experience. Would stay again."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Graduate 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.
Historic District Condos by Barsala
Historic District Condos by Barsala
3 out of 5
3022 W Broad St, Richmond, VA
Situated in Richmond, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Monument Avenue and Children's Museum of Richmond. Science Museum of Virginia and Virginia ...
Historic District Condos by Barsala
Church Hill District Condos by Barsala
Church Hill District Condos by Barsala
3.5 out of 5
1903 E Marshall St, Richmond, VA
Located in Church Hill, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Broad Street, Shockoe Slip, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Greater Richmond ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"Convenient location, plenty of space.. Condo was clean and well appointed.. All soaps, shampoos and detergents stocked.. Easy no contact check in. Support available if needed.. My question were answered promptly and accurately.."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Church Hill District Condos by Barsala
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 $115 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Located in Richmond, this beachfront houseboat is in the city center, 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Richmond National Battlefield Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Dorey ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (123 reviews)
Tranquil and peaceful.
"My seven year old grandson and I loved our two night stay on the houseboat. Sitting on the deck listening to the birds, while he tried to fish, revived my soul and sunsets was one of the prettiest I have seen."

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

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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Reviews of Richmond

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Top Destination

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4 - Good 45.05175983436853%
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3 - Okay 14.94824016563147%
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5/5 - Excellent

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May 28, 2020

My favorite city!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

The interstate is very well maintained

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 7, 2020

I like it there.

5/5 - Excellent

Michael

May 5, 2020

Richmond is a beautiful city with lots to offer.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 1, 2020

I love my City

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 17, 2020

Its beautiful loved the city.

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