Sep, 06 || No Comments | Tags: Extreme Travel, Richmond Locations, Travel Tips, Travel USA
A choice regional city by anyone’s standards, Richmond, Virginia is an ideal destination for weekends away and longer vacations. Historic architecture, world-class museums, and diverse shopping opportunities are just some of the attractions on offer. To whet your appetite for Virginia’s exciting capital city, here are just five Richmond locations you need to see.
Wander Cobbled Streets in Historic Church Hill
Located just a mile east of downtown, Richmond’s oldest neighborhood is a must-see. You can fully experience this area by staying in one of the many quaint and charming bed and breakfasts found on Hipmunk.com. Listen to Patrick Henry’s famous plea for liberty or death reenacted at St John’s Episcopal Church or let a horse-drawn carriage transport you to a variety of historic homes on a Holiday House Tour. Afterward, you can enjoy delicious Southern fare at eateries such as the Roosevelt and the Hill Cafe.
Peek into the Past at the American Civil War Center
Located at the historic Tredegar Ironworks, the American Civil War Center in Richmond offers a fascinating insight into the Union, Confederate, and African-American perspectives on the Civil War. The forerunner of the attractions here, the “In the Cause of Liberty” exhibit, is perfectly complemented by costumed interpreters who bring the experiences of Civil War soldiers to life. Except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, the museum is open daily.
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Experience True Exhilaration on the James River
James River, the 12th longest river in America, roars through Richmond at an incredible pace. If you like adventure, a white-water rafting experience will have you whizzing past downtown Richmond on a trip you’ll never forget. If you prefer to take life at a slower pace, the surrounding landscape is perfect for a stroll before lunch at one of the unique riverside restaurants such as Old Original Bookbinder’s or Poe’s Pub.
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Discover Graves of Two American Presidents at Hollywood Cemetery
In naming Hollywood Cemetery Richmond’s “Best Historic Site,” fans of this sprawling 130-acre cemetery spoke of its gothic landscape and stunning location overlooking the James River. As well as being the final resting place of James Monroe and John Tyler, 25 Confederate generals, and the only Confederate States President are also buried here. Several ghostly legends only serve to add to the atmosphere; legends that form a captivating part of the guided historical walking tour. The James Monroe tomb is one of Richmond’s morbidly fascinating attractions.
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Marvel at the Masterpieces Displayed at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Southeast’s largest museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is home to an impressive collection of more than 30,000 works of art. Located at 200 North Boulevard, it’s the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon admiring the work of masters such as Renoir, Warhol, and Picasso. Walk-In Highlights Tours are available throughout the day, and you can also enjoy audio tours such as Faberge Revealed and Minds Wide Open. The museum is open 365 days a year and offers free admission.
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These Richmond destinations are just a few of the city’s highlights, but there is so much more to experience. Why not come and discover this vibrant destination for yourself? Don’t let the variety and amount of options overwhelm you. Check out Hipmunk.com, the site the Webby Awards ranked as the best travel website for its innovation, creativity, and usability.
What are some of your favorite Richmond destinations? Let us know in the comments below!
Linda Forshaw is a freelance writer from Liverpool in the UK. A keen traveler, limited only by the size of the heels on her Jimmy Choos, she loves to write about far flung destinations. She is currently writing for Hipmunk’s City Love project. Contact her on Google+.
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