Richmond Travel Guide

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Richmond Highlights

  • Pro
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     Many historic sites within a small area. 

  • Con
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     Loss of historical buildings, suburban growth, humid summers! 

  • In a nutshell
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     A welcoming southern city that remembers its roots 

Richmond Things to Do

  • Canal Walk

    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

    the virginia state capitol has been in continuous use since 1788 and is the second oldest capitol building in america. the virginia state capitol was designed by thomas jefferson and was inspired by the maison carre in nimes france. during the civil war the virginia state capitol was the second capitol of the confederacy. the virginia state capitol...

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  • Hollywood Cemetery

    the richmond confederate memorial is located in the confederate section of hollywood cemetery. this massive pyramid commemorates the 25 confederate generals and over 18,000 confederate soldiers buried in hollywood cemetery. this memorial was erected in 1869.

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Richmond Hotels

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Richmond Restaurants

  • The Tobacco Company

    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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  • Ipanema Grill

    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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  • Extra Billy's

    A day before we left the USA Nat (b1bob) invited us to Extra Billy's restaurant located at the West End, 5 miles northeast of the downtown Richmond. We all ordered Extra Billy's hickory smoked pork barbecue. It was served with the following side orders to choose: - cole slaw, - baked beans, - applesauce, - potato salad, - French fries, - baked...

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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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  • 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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  • Byrd Theatre

    The Byrd Theatre in Carytown was built in the 1920s. The movie house still has its original red velvet drapes, crystal chandelier and an organ that rises out of the stage. The only bummer is that the seats are small and there isn't much leg room but the ambience of this old-time movie house makes it worth that minor inconvenience. The Byrd shows...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • 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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  • Regency Square Mall

    Regency Square Mall has more than 100 stores and restaurants. A food court is on the lower level next to Sears. Regency Square may be more "upmarket" and "better" to some, but I preferred the old Regency Square. Once upon a time, at this very location, diverse smells wafted through the air: mint and chocolate from Fanny Farmer candy store, cookies...

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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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  • Monument Ave. Easter Parade

    This is a local custom in Richmond every year around easter. The city blocks off about 8 blocks on the heart of monument avenue. This year I got a chance to go to the parade with Nat, which was a very exciting event. Nat and I enjoyed the festive easter customs, the petting zoo, and everyone out walking their cute little dogs. This is definetly an...

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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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  • Funny Warnings

    Richmond is like many other cities... it is not exempt from people who do not pick up after themselves, so as a warning to you and to keep you shoe clean from poo, make sure to be conscious of where you walk when you see a sign like this. $250 is a pretty steep fine, so you can only imagine that this must be a worthy price that they are paying city...

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Richmond Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • 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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  • Construction and Renovations

    Unfortunately the Virginia State Capitol building was closed when we got there on our first day in Richmond in October, 2004. There was a fence erected around the Capitol on Capitol Square and the buiding was partly covered by scaffolding. But the closing at that time had nothing to do with the renovations. Beginning in March 2005, the Capitol...

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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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  • BB & T (old First National Bank)...

    The old First National Bank Building was one of the first high-rise buildings in Richmond (built in 1913). It helped create the skyline of Richmond and dominated it for almost 40 years and was the tallest building in town for almost 20. The building is still a landmark structure along Main Street and has been placed on the National Register of...

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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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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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  • Bogey's Sports Park

    Bogey’s Sports Park is on the western outskirts of the Richmond area. It is mainly a mini golf course, but there is also a driving range and batting cage. The most memorable time there was with Nat and Bill. Bill played all right, but Nat’s ball went in the water so often it should have come with scuba gear. To be fair, it is a hard course. I enjoy...

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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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  • Virginia's Ultimate Honour Roll

    One of my favourite things about Richmond is how they chose to honour Richmond's war dead. Many war memorials of all shapes and sizes have the names of heroes engraved in stone. It is ingenious how they managed to engrave all the names, broken down by conflict and then again by county and city. The included photo (please enlarge) gives the...

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  • Azalea Mall

    Azalea Mall was Richmond's first enclosed shopping centre when it opened in Richmond's Northside in 1963. In its heyday, it was anchored by Woolco, Thalhimer's, and Woolworth's. There was also a Food Fair grocery store on the grounds (Pantry Pride took over after Food Fair bit the dust). Some of the more notable lesser tenants were Rees Jewelers,...

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