Richmond Travel Guide & Information
The city of Richmond, adjacent to the tranquil James River, is filled with history, culture and fun, and you’re bound to learn something new every second you’re in this city. Glorified by its neo-classical buildings, parks, sculptures, boutique shops and eateries, Richmond is the perfect designated retreat – a city away from cities.
Don’t forget to visit the popular Capitol Square, The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Civil War Battlefields for a chance to indulge in American history. At night, head over to Richmond’s downtown party district where you’ll find the excitement and vitality to be plentiful in everyway.
Things to do in Richmond
Capitol Square: The Capitol Square, located in downtown Richmond, is truly a phenomenal and serene place for a leisure day. Spend a day at Capitol Square and indulge your vision in the fanfare of grandiose and neo-classical buildings nestled in mystical trees. The square is richly glorified by old trees and majestic structures such as the Capitol Building – designed by Thomas Jefferson –, Governor’s Mansion/Executive Mansion and the sculpture of George Washington.
The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar: This Civil War museum was the first one to interpret the Civil War from the perspective of the Union, Confederate and African Americans; thus, really giving the 360 degrees insight instead of the 120 degrees insight when you learn about the Civil War only through the perspectives of the Union. The museum offers a wide selection of exhibitions, some are permanent and some are only for a limited time, such as the In the Cause of Liberty Showcases, Take Our Stand and many more.
Address: 500 Tredegar Street.
Contact Information: 1-804-780-1865
Patina Grill: This restaurant offers an eclectic blend of tastes from Szechwan Tea Smoked Duck with Wild Rice and Mushu Vegetables to Braised Lamb Shank with Butterscotch Calypso Beans and Balsamic Reduction. Patina Grill is everything but quaint! Its décor is chic, decadent, contemporary, elegant and seductive with contemporary architecture, dark-wood furnishings and many more.
Address: 3416 Lauderdale Drive.
Contact Information: 1-804-360-8217
Mary Angela’s Pizzeria: Buon giorno! From Fried Calamari and Buffalo wings to New York Style Pizza, this pizzeria has it all! With a menu and an atmosphere inspired by Sicily, you’re bound for a memorable experience and a satisfied tummy.
Address: 3345 West Cary Street.
Contact Information: 1-804-353-2333… Ciao!
In this historically rich city of Richmond, you’re bound to find a culture that is unique from any other big city. There are many pubs and bars where you can go spend an evening at, but nothing will ever beat the vitality of Richmond’s downtown party district where your encounter history, culture and fun!
Where to Stay in Richmond
Omni Hotels & Resorts: Starting at $139 [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this hotel is located in the historic and financial district of Richmond. Nestle in your guest room where you will have extravagant views of the James River and the Richmond city skyline. Cuddle up by the fire place with a nice cup of hot chocolate while enjoying the hotel’s beautiful, elegant and sophisticated Southern décor. Hotel amenities feature oversized bathrooms, fitness center, heated indoor pool, internet access, on-site restaurants and many more.
Address: 100 South 12th Street.
Contact Information: 1-888-344-7000
The Jefferson Hotel: Starting at $235 [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond historic hotel is destination paradise. From the moment you walk up to this grandiose hotel that resembles a castle of King Arthur, you’re jaw will drop as you’re in awe starring at the marble columns, antique furnishings, 70-foot ceiling with a stained-glass skylight, exquisite restaurants - like Lemaire and TJ’s – and many more. Hotel amenities feature a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, concierge services, business center, a salon and many.
Address: 101 West Franklin Street.
Contact Information: 1-804-788-8000
Fairfield Inn & Suites: Starting at $79 [prices may vary] per night (stay for 2), this inn is only a short drive from the history Civil War Battlefields, Richmond Center, Richmond Coliseum and many more. Its hotel amenities feature continental breakfast, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, cable TV and many more.
Address: 9937 Maryland Drive.
Contact Information: 1-804-545-4200
Candlewood Suites: Starting at $67.50 [prices may vary} per night (stay for 2), you’ll find yourself nestling in your cozy room in this history city of Richmond. Its amenities feature a fitness room, gift shop and many more.
Address: 4301 Commerce Road.
Contact Information: 1-804-271-0016 or 1-800-225-1237
Passport & Visa Requirements (this is only for the states of the US)
For US Citizens:
Any sort of valid identification (Identification card) in order to board the plane. Note, passport is not needed if you have an identification card to show.
For Non-US Citizens:
* Passport will be needed
* Non-immigrant visa for temporary stay must be obtained showing your purpose to U.S.
For Canadians: (just one will be needed)
* Passport will be needed
* Nexus Card
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*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.
When to visit Richmond
The best time to travel to Richmond is during its peak season which are the months of summer and fall. The summer brings in warm and pleasant weather, and the fall comes with the aesthetics of the colorful fall foliage. However, hotel rates and airfares tend to be more expensive during this time of the year.
The best time to go to find bargain prices for hotels and flights is during the off-peak season in winter; nevertheless, it comes with the trade-off of the warm weather and scenic fall foliages for the harsh winters in the Richmond’s winter wonderland.
Average Annual Temperature: 57.7 Degrees
Average Max Temperature: 68.8 Degrees
Average Min. Temperature: 46.6 Degrees
December - February: 38.2 Degrees
March - May: 57.1 Degrees
June - August: 76.2 Degrees
September – November: 59.4 Degrees
The main language spoken in Richmond is English.
* Spanish (3.5%)
* Indo-European Languages (1.9%)