A connecting tourist city
One of the underrated cities of America, Richmond VA, is the capital of Virginia. People who have paid a visit say that the southern charm of this city is America’s best-kept secret. It is one of the oldest cities that has a long history and was the capital of the Confederacy during America’s civil war. Now there are a lot of things like this one that many people do not know about this city. But what is ensured, is that a day spent here would be a memorable one indeed.
If you even have a day to spend here, which is quite less as the city holds a lot of stuff to show, you will surely get to enjoy it as you will be going to experience a lifetime experience. The city is a major one so as mentioned, it contains a lot of tourist spots which include museums, breweries, and Food restaurants to eat. It is not possible that all these places are to be visited in just one day so try to get done with the most famous ones. Planning the day smartly and checking the itinerary, again and again, to see if more time can be saved can prove effective.
A visit to Richmond is not complete without a visit to Maymont. It is an impressive area covering 100 acres of land. An elaborate mansion built during the Gilded Age toward the end of the 19th century is what is featured by the grounds. Japanese and Italian gardens, and a nature center and children’s farm that together are home to hundreds of animals. It was gifted to the state by James and Sallie Dooley so that future generations could enjoy it.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Normally referred to as VMFA, was opened in the midst of the Great Depression in 1936 as a testament to the importance of art. The extensive collection being built in the museum is ever since with contributions coming from notable patrons such as Paul Mellon and Peter Carl Fabergé. All sorts of artwork from Art Deco furniture to African art to masterful paintings by Francisco Goya and Winslow Homer are kept in the museum. The final expansion to the museum was did in May 2010. The beautifully designed addition increased gallery space by nearly 50%
It is a bit weird and a little scary at the same time. And a question may arise why would a cemetery be a tourist attraction? But Hollywood Cemetery is a Richmond treasure that is open to the public all year round. It was designed in 1847 by John Notman, a famous architect from Philadelphia. Organized tours are offered for those interested in learning more about this historical American landmark – in fact, it is the final resting place of two presidents, six Virginia governors, two Supreme Court justices, 22 Confederate generals and thousands of Confederate soldiers. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery entrance gate is on Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood and is open to visitors every day from 8:00 am to 5 or 5:30 pm. Note that certain mausoleums have abbreviated hours. Admission is free.
Being in Richmond and not going to “The Byrd” Theatre? This just cannot be! This is open for 365 days a year. The Byrd is a veritable Richmond institution, which opened on Christmas Eve of 1928. Referred to as “Richmond’s Movie Palace”, it was named after William Byrd II, founder of the River City. Catching a film here is not very expensive as tickets go for just $1.99 each. It was the first cinema in Virginia to be outfitted when built with a sound system, although other existing theaters had already been retrofitted for sound.
Beauty Isle is a small island in the city of Richmond, Virginia. Beauty Island exists with the James River, and being possessed by the city it fills in as a city park. It is available to people and bike traffic through a suspension footbridge that runs under the Robert E. Lee Memorial Bridge from the northern shore or through a wooden scaffold from the southern shore. But when the water level of the river is high, it is additionally reachable by foot from the southern shore by means of simple rock jumping. From Belle Isle, one can see Hollywood Cemetery, the old Tredegar Iron Works, and Richmond City’s horizon. The island has many bicycle trails around the island, and has a little bluff utilized for rock climbing guidance.
The Virginia State Capitol is the seat of state legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia, situated in Richmond, the third capital city of the U.S. province of Virginia. It houses the most seasoned chosen administrative body in North America, the Virginia General Assembly, first settled as the House of Burgesses in 1619. The current Capitol is the eighth worked to fill in as Virginia’s statehouse, principally because of flames during the Colonial time frame. In the mid twentieth century, two wings were added, prompting its current appearance. In 1960, it was assigned a National Historic Landmark. Visiting the State Capitol is a very different kind of an experience that one should not let go off when he or she visits Richmond VA.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a beautiful garden in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. It includes a center, library bistro and tea house café. Normally, the charge is $14 for grown-ups, $11 for seniors, $8 for kids (age 3-12), under age 3 are free. The Garden also hosts selected days where admission is free. Art exhibitions, special events, live music, tours, classes and seminars are also offered. The garden was voted as one of the top four best public gardens in North America by USA Today readers (2019) and also recognized as “One of the Best North American Gardens Worth Travelling For”.
The Museum of Edgar Allen Poe
The Poe Museum or the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, is a historical center situated in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia, United States, committed to American author Edgar Allan Poe. In spite of the fact that Poe never lived in the structure, it serves to remember his time living in Richmond. The exhibition hall holds one of the world’s biggest assortments of unique original copies, letters, first versions, memorabilia and individual possessions. The gallery additionally gives an outline of mid nineteenth century Richmond, where Poe lived and worked. The exhibition hall includes the life and profession of Poe by reporting his achievements with pictures, relics, and stanza, and zeroing in on his numerous years in Richmond.
These are a few good places to visit in Richmond VA that one should not miss. But everyone has their own way to explore. Some hire a limo to do it in style while some do it on foot. It depends on the people how they want to do it. It is still advised to do it in a common way, where no limo is required. Just you and your bag pack. Leave the limo for your next trip to paradise NV.