From world class annual events to cultural and historic sites of interest, Richmond VA is one of the U.S. top destinations for travel. A history that dates back over 400 years, Richmond Va is home to over 200,000 residents today. Situated on the James River just west of Williamsburg and less than 100 miles from Washington DC, Richmond has a long history of European occupation and has long been considered a key location. First inhabited by English colonists from Jamestown in the early 1600’s, it was founded in 1737 and became the capital of Virginia in 1780. Location of many historic events during the Revolutionary war, Richmond continues to tell the story of our nation’s history through historic sites, reenactments and festivals throughout the year. Its history in addition to its cultural significance, its diversity and its natural beauty has made it one of the top destinations for travel in the U.S.
Museum of the Confederacy –A popular attraction in Richmond, this museum tells the story of the Civil War through personal items of General Lee and soldiers and civilians of the time as well as images, documents, art and equipment of the era as well.
St John’s Episcopal Church – Site of the infamous speech made by Patrick Henry during the 1775 Second Virginia Convention, the site even offers a reenactment of this speech in the summer months. The landmark includes the church, a visitors center, gift shop and a graveyard.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Located on the north side of Richmond, this Botanic Garden is 50 acres and first opened in 1984. One of the most popular attractions in Richmond, it features shopping, dining, history and acres of gardens. The gardens are run by a non-profit organization.
Just three of hundreds of sites and destinations of interest, some of the best ways to explore Richmond are by tours offered throughout the city. From canal cruises which offer visitors a unique historical tour of the history of the areas to ghost tours and of course, guided tours at the local attractions and state parks, you are sure to see and learn the most unique, historic and even the spookiest tales Richmond has to offer by taking advantage of the local knowledge. No matter what you hope to see and do, plan ahead and make the most of your time when you travel.
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