Day Trip: Richmond

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For more than 400 years, the Richmond Region has been at the center of it all. Richmond is a historical and cultural treasure, a world-renowned culinary destination, a craft beer mecca and an outdoor paradise. In fact, TripAdvisor featured Richmond as one of “7 Rising US Cities That Should Be On Your 2019 Travel Bucket List!”

Outdoor Activities in Richmond

As the only urban setting with Class III and IV rapids, Richmond offers James River rafting trips ranging from wild to mild. Come float along the river, keeping an eye peeled for native deer, blue herons, ospreys and bald eagles. Explore our rich history while riding your bike along the Virginia Capital Trail. Get your adrenaline rush with whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing trips—all against the backdrop of Richmond’s city skyline. If thrill rides are more your style, an exhilarating day at Kings Dominion is a must.

Museums in Richmond

The Richmond Region has museums for lovers of art, architecture, history and culture. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a world-class museum that houses a remarkable permanent collection of 33,000 works of art from almost every major world culture. The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University displays the art of our time. The Valentine tells the unique story of Richmond through the eyes of its citizens. Literary giant Edgar Allan Poe’s spirit lives on through extensive artifacts and archives, and the ever-popular Unhappy Hours at the Poe Museum. Explore The Civil War through Union, Confederate and African-American perspectives at the newly expanded American Civil War Museum. The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia serves as a resource on the many facets of black history through exhibitions, discussions and celebrations.

Richmond Attractions

Explore the region’s antebellum architecture. See where Patrick Henry proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Visit the scenic Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which USA Today named one of the Best Public Gardens in the U.S. Stroll the picturesque grounds of Maymont, a historic estate with glorious gardens, a nature center, children’s farm and a Victorian mansion that gets all gussied up for the holidays. The VMFA Sculpture Garden features Dale Chihuly’s “Red Reeds” and offers the perfect green space for kids, dogs and even yoga.

Jefferson Park

Entertainment in Richmond

The music scene in Richmond is hot, and the region hosts local and national musical acts year-round. Whether you enjoy intimate acoustic performances, laid back outdoor concerts or rockin’ shows in sold-out theaters, we’ve got something to fit your taste.

Restaurants in Richmond

Savor the flavors of more than 900 area restaurants, from down-home southern barbecue and uptown haute cuisine to savory pies and mom-and-pop eateries cherished by locals. Take a thirst-quenching trip along the Richmond Beer Trail, featuring 30+ craft breweries. Shop ‘til you drop at unique boutiques and vintage gems, as well as multiple malls featuring top fashion and home décor retailers. Admire more than 100 vibrant murals that brighten up the region’s walls.

With lively neighborhoods and a vibrant restaurant scene, Richmond is perfect for a quick break or an extended getaway.