Richmond Travel Guide

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Richmond Things to Do

  • Canal Walk

    4 out of 5 stars

    The narrated canal cruise offers a good synopsis of Richmond's colorful history. Along the way, you'll see not just the canal but also part of the James River (the navigable part) and the old Tobacco Row. Maybe, if you're observant, you'll even get to see some local wildlife. Tours run every weekend from early April until mid-November, plus...

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  • Capitol Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Fascinating state capital, from 17779, surprised to see references inside to the House of Burgess and the paintings and statues of our founding fathers. Capital is in the center of capital square on a hill with the new and modern entrance on Bank Street. Capital now has a visitor center, cafe & gift shop with a ramp, steps & elevator up & into the...

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  • Hollywood Cemetery

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The land that Hollywood Cemetery currently stands on was once part of William Byrd III's estate. Later, it was owned by the Harvie family and was known as "Harvie's Woods Hollywood Cemetery is a large, sprawling historic cemetery in Richmond, It is characterized by rolling hills and winding paths overlooking the James River and final resting place...

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Richmond Restaurants

  • Ipanema Grill

    5 out of 5 stars

    Ipanema Grill has a certain Brazilian atmosphere, a mural of a Rio de Janeiro cityscape, but it is not overdone. Like the Churrascaria Galope in Petrópolis, Brazil, it is a continuous service (rodizio) restaurant. For one set price you can choose any or all of the offered side dishes and a huge salad bar. At a churrascaria, customers turn a card-...

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  • The Tobacco Company

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I stopped in to the Tobacco Company on a trip through Richmond several years ago. I was very impressed by the huge, four-story building with its great open floor plan and balconies on top of balconies. Originally an abandoned warehouse, this is now one of the cornerstones of the city's downtown area. They have good food, along with a dance club,...

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  • Papa Ningo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Found Papa Ningo Restaurant by mistake. I got lost trying to find another restaurant and ended up finding a restaurant that I now have started be a regular. I live in Chester, VA and I drive up there just for their food. The people are always happy and friendly! The place is a happy and exciting place. The food is excellent and well displayed. I...

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Richmond Nightlife

  • The Downtown Party District

    Until recently, prevailing flood waters made restoration of this historic district difficult. The completion of a multi-million dollar flood wall has spurred dramatic redevelopment of this charming neighborhood. Now one of Richmond's hottest night spots, Shockoe Bottom features some of the area's most sought after restaurants and nightclubs. The...

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  • Tobacco Company

    After Friday Cheers (see "TGIF" tip) join the young cowd and head to the basement of the Tabocco Company. The line forms quickly, and there is an expectation of nice dress, Khakis and a Polo, or button up would be plenty. Again, women can wear whatever they want, so no worries there. The great thing about the Tobacco Company on Friday night are...

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  • Bahama Joe's

    John from Atlanta and I'm looking for the 4 ladys that gave me a ride to my hotel Friday at closing time 12/15/06. Please email me at atl1john@yahoo.com Don't count on any help from the club finding a cab. I was stuck there and 4 very nice ladys gave me a ride to my hotel, I was visiting from Atlanta. The music was good, I had a great time at the...

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Richmond Transportation

  • Greater Richmond Transit

    AROUND The only economic way to get around Richmond without a car is to use public buses run by GRTC (Greater Richmond Transit Company). Keep in mind that, like in most American cities, the buses don't reach many suburbs. They operate from 5.00 am to 1.00 am: daily in the City of Richmond and Mon-Fri in Henrico County. Ticket costs $1.50 (local...

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  • Greyhound Bus

    Greyhound buses go through Richmond. The station is located minutes north of downtown on 2910 N. Boulevard directly across from the Diamond baseball stadium. Since Richmond is a key transfer point, that station is much better appointed than those in smaller towns. For example, the one in Durham, NC is an old garage. The one in Henderson is in a...

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  • Amtrak

    Amtrak may be a little slower than flying, but in "the new normal", you might actually get to and from the northeast FASTER door to door. Staples Mill Station has a fairly large waiting room with lots of uncomfortable seats, loos, and a canteen- certainly no Union or 30th Street Station. The train station is now just north of town, but they...

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Richmond Shopping

  • Tan-A Supermarket

    Sells a variety of Asia groceries, impressed with what they carry but not happy with the service. No one could help me find sweet soy sauce and then another customer actually showed me where it was. The store smells and the fish has flies hovering over it! This store take cash only, which I only found out when I the lady rang me up. I would go back...

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  • Ridge Shopping Centre

    Ridge Shopping Centre is at one corner of Parham and Quioccasin Roads. I used to go to the Ridge Cinema from time to time, but they tore it down. That doesn't mean that Ridge Shopping Centre is on its last legs, like maybe Parham Plaza across the street. There is Alan Furs, Quizno's Subs, Szechuan Restaurant, Shevel's Menswear, Adolf Jewelers,...

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  • Haversack Store (Museum of the...

    The Haversack Store was located inside the modern building of the Museum of the Confederacy, just right of the entrance. I was impressed with the things offered there, all in a small space. It was real paradise for fans of history and the Civil War. Well, being at the beginning of quite expensive trip I didn't buy anything there but... I see the...

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Richmond Local Customs

  • Festivals

    The last weekend every October, the Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival (or the Scottish Games, as they are more commonly called) takes place at the State Fairgrounds. Tickets run for $15 in advance, $19 at the door, and $28 for a weekend pass. My mama, daddy, and brother attended this event regularly, but I am not as keen on showing my...

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  • History

    The Stars and bars flag of the Confederacy was similar to the Stars and Stripes flag of the Union. Thus, the commanders had problems to distinguish their troops from those of the enemy. That's why the different flag was adopted. Thus, it became the most well-known of the Confederate flags: the two crossed bars with the 13 stars (the Southern Cross)...

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  • Natives

    I was always treated very well by natives in Richmond, Virginia and the South. I was surprised by very, very nice welcome wherever and whenever I came. Natives always wanted to speak with me and were interested who I am, what I do in their city, town or village and why I visit it. They usually started the conversation with simple southern version...

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Richmond Warnings and Dangers

  • Bad Neighbourhoods

    When I first moved to Richmond I had the misfortune of picking a tiny studio off of ChamberlayneHUGEMISTAKE #1. Just to piggyback off of Lil NYs assessment, it is true there are many prostitutes who roam Chamberlayne and there are many drug induced derelicts who do the same. I suspect there are many dwellings that are either haunted or possessed...

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  • Behave yourself

    If you happen to be walking on Broad Street in the downtown area, you will see alot of people standing by their selves . When you walk by them, don't be suprised if they say hello as if they know you. If you happen to ignore these bums and not say a quick" hello how are you " then be prepared to get followed and bothered for the next 2-3 blocks. I...

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  • Driving Headaches

    I found the following info on official page of the Museum of the Confederacy: "Parking is available in the MCVH Visitor Patient Parking deck at the end of Clay Street. Bring your parking ticket to the front desk and we will gladly validate (...)." I parked my car there, just by the tall building of MCVH which meant the Medical College of Virginia...

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Richmond Tourist Traps

  • Inconvenient Rules

    I understand ban on photography put because of serious security reasons (like in some military objects, although... in times of spy satellites...) or because of someones' privacy. But I can't understand the ban put inside the White House of the Confederacy which is open to the public and displays fully furnished old residential and office rooms. I...

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  • Museum at Agecroft Hall

    Because the ladies at the museum were so nice, I almost hate to classify this as a tourist trap. After the tour was over, I wanted to buy me a booklet on Agecroft Hall which goes more in depth than the free brochures at the place where you buy your tickets. It took 5 minutes to track down the lady who had the key to open up the gift shop. The book...

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  • Awkward Hours of Operation

    I think it's unfortunate that you were not able to tour the Governor's Mansion. I attended a reception there once just before Christmas (George Allen was in office) and it was beautiful inside and out. Part of the problem may be that it -is- continuously occupied. As you may be able to see from the poster's photo, it is fairly small as mansions go....

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Richmond What to Pack

  • Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear

    If you go to Richmond, or anywhere else in the world, by plane be prepared for loss of your luggage by the airlines. It happened to us thanks to KLM. So, Urszula and I were separated from our luggage for the first two days in the South. We had a camera, video camera, newspapers, travel books, some cosmetics but no clothes to change! It was not...

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  • Photo Equipment

    Take as many films as you can or as large memory card as you can - Richmond offers a lot for photography lovers :-). For pictures at night and/or bad light (weather) and esp. pictures inside Jefferson Hotel (on my picture) take a tripod.

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  • Do not forget underwear and socks :-)

    If you go to Richmond, or anywhere else in the world, by plane be prepared for loss of your luggage by the airlines. It happened to us thanks to KLM. So, Urszula and I were separated from our luggage for the first two days in the South. We had a camera, video camera, newspapers, travel books, some cosmetics but no clothes to change! It was not...

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Richmond Off The Beaten Path

  • Outlying Areas

    drewry's bluff is one of 13 sites managed by the richmond national battlefield park. this 90 foot bluff has a commanding view of the james river. at the begining of the civil war the confederates built a fort on this site and named it after augustus h. drewery. the confederates also sank boats in the james river to block the union navy from...

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  • Shockoe Slip

    Shockoe Slip is the name give to the area on the Southeastern side of Richmond's financial district, which is also the area closest to the river. This area was fairly unique, as we went from a fairly modern paved city back in time to a set of streets with a cobblestone feel, and an older, more historic feel to it. This nine block radius is home to...

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  • James River Plantations

    There are five historic plantation houses and grounds along scenic Route 5 in Charles City County along the north side of the James River east of Richmond. Many date from the earliest years of European settlement in North America. The drive down Route 5 is very relaxing and scenic, especially on a nice spring or fall day. The plantations...

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Richmond Sports & Outdoors

  • Richmond International Raceway

    Most of the other tips mention the two NASCAR races that happen at RIR in late Spring and late Summer (usually May and September). However, the BEST RACING AT RIR happens in June!!! If you've never seen the Indy Racing League, then you are in for a treat! This North-American open-wheel series might appeal to fans of formula one. The crowd is about...

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  • The Diamond stadium

    The Richmond Braves, the minor league farm team for the Atlanta Braves, holds all its home games at the Diamond on the Boulevard just northwest of downtown Richmond. The Diamond may not be home of the Braves much longer. A proposed new downtown baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom is said to produce a new and more intimate site for the Richmond...

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  • G Force Karts

    G-Force is an absolute blast. Our son has been racing there for a couple years and he is a really good racer. The carts are generally very powerful and good handling. It is also a great place to have a birthday party. HOWEVER.... In the last 6 months the owner of the place has totally screwed up the check-in and race tracking process. I do not...

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Richmond Favorites

  • Skyline

    Another good vantage point is the observation deck of the new (in Richmond terms) City Hall. Since 11 September 2001, you sign in on the ground floor and then take the lift up to the 17th floor observation deck. As you can see on enlarging the 6-frame photo, on a clear day, you can get a good view of the city from all sides.

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  • Famous Foods of Virginia Cookies

    This is one Richmond institution that stubbornly hangs on in the ashes of Miller & Rhoads, Thalhimer's, Azalea Mall, and Sixth Street Marketplace. Since 1899, the sweet smells of the Famous Foods of Virginia (FFV) factory have filled the skies of Richmond and the boxes of cookies have filled grocery store shelves all over the country. Well,...

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  • Unique Neighbourhoods

    The Fan, centred on Monument Avenue, is named for the fanning street pattern in which the neighborhood was built upon. The neighbourhood has several small parks and playgrounds that have been placed in odd shaped triangle lots created by the street grid. One of the neighbourhood's most famed attractions is Monument Avenue which showcases past and...

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