Richmond Travel Guides: Holiday Guide to Richmond

richmondRichmond is a city in the United States of America and serves as the capital of Virginia. It is often referred to as the city of neighborhoods. Each one is unique and has its own identity and a heritage which greatly influence the lives of its residents. The most popular neighborhoods include Museum District & Carytown, East End, Southside, Northside, Downtown and West End. Below is detailed information on what to do and where to find attractions and amenities while on a trip to the city.

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Things to do in Richmond

Apart from touring the city’s neighborhoods which you will, of course, want to do, there are other activities in the city that you can indulge in. Just to cite a few, hunt for live music venues, sight see and explore James River. There is so much you can do with James River. Some of its highlights are water rafting and tubing, relaxing at the parks on either of its sides and swimming.

Where to stay in Richmond   

Richmond has a lot of lodging establishments which range from budget to splurge. Chains which have a presence here include Marriot, Embassy, and TownePlace. Others worth checking out are Omni Richmond Hotel, The Jefferson Hotel, and Double Tree Hotel. The city’s Downtown district offers a lot of options.

Best time to visit Richmond

Consider the fall and spring seasons when the weather is pleasant. However, you would like to note that Richmond has a mid-Atlantic climate which makes it favorable for travel all year round. All the same, most outdoor activities are suited to the weather in spring and the fall.

Places to see in Richmond  

Below are Richmond’s most important highlights:-

  • The Historic Downtown
  • Virginia Fine Arts Museum
  • Belle Isle
  • The White House of Confederacy
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Getting around in Richmond

Visitors get in through Richmond International Airport. It is served by most of the domestic carriers in the United States noting budget airlines, JetBlue. You can get tickets for these  at including several others like American Airlines. The most convenient way to get around is by car although you can take such alternatives like walking, public transit or walking.

Where to shop in Richmond

Two major locations which are associated with shopping are Broad Street and Carytown. In Carytown, you find upscale stores where you can purchase high-end clothing items and art. Broad Street is home to many department stores and chains. Additionally, there are many retail shops which deal in almost anything you can purchase and carry around or haul in a car.

Where to eat in Richmond 

Many of the restaurants in Richmond are situated in the historical downtown district which is better known as Shockoe Bottom. There are others around the city and in its neighborhoods but those in Shockoe Bottom best present the city’s culinary culture to visitors. A few examples of luxurious places you would like to dine at are Saison, Julep’s and Perly’s. If you are traveling on a budget, consider Galaxy Diner, Sidewalk Café, and Bottoms Up Pizza. If you want to try several restaurants on a single day, consider joining the River City Food Tours.

Nightlife in Richmond 

There are places where you can have fun at night in all neighborhoods. If you are interested in a place where you can find acquaintances and get to socialize, Rare Olde Times Irish Pub will do you good. Other popular hangouts include Three Monkeys Bar and Grill, Capital Ale House and Empire.

Passport and Visa Requirements 

Citizens of the United States will not need a passport if they are taking a domestic flight to Richmond. However, an identification card will be necessary.

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