About Richmond, Virginia
Celebrate more than 400 years of American heritage – all at once – with a visit to the Historic Richmond Region.
Tour the site of many of the nation’s most significant moments in history. Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. The former capital of the Confederacy. The first American hospital and U.S. canal system. America’s first African-American governor. All these milestones took place here, lending to the Region’s highly distinguished historical profile.
But the full breadth of Richmond tourism extends far beyond historic sites and illustrious figures from the past. Today, the Region sets a modern precedent by blending upscale shopping,fabulous restaurants, world-renowned museums and action-packed fun for all ages. More than five million visitors come to the Region each year. Join them. Click on the links below to learn more about Richmond Virginia tourism and travel. Explore the five distinct localities that form the Richmond Region, which together – each in their own way – make the area so easy to love.
ABOUT RICHMOND, VIRIGINIA
Explore the unique blend of historic charm and modern culture that define the City of Richmond unlike any other. Discover the beautiful neighborhoods, distinctive architecture, and cultural attractions found throughout downtown Richmond and the surrounding city. Feel the dynamic influence of 400 years of history here, built upon land once inhabited by the Indian tribes of the Powhatan Confederacy, prior to the arrival of Captain Christopher Newport in 1607 and the construction of Fort Charles – which transformed the community into a busy trading port for furs, hides and tobacco. Founded by Colonel William Byrd II, the “Father of Richmond,” in 1737, the community became a town in 1780, and, at the request of the General Assembly, became the temporary seat of the state capital, which was moved from Williamsburg for fear of British invasion. In May 1782, Richmond was incorporated as a city, and officially became Virginia’s new capital.
Today, the metropolitan area draws millions of visitors each year. Stroll through the historic homes, tree-lined streets, and neighborhood stores, bars and restaurants of the Fan District – named for the way the streets fan out from Monroe Park – or admire the Tudor, Queen Anne, Four Square, Spanish and bungalow homes in the North Side district of Ginter Park. Walk idly through the streets of Church Hill – a well-preserved 19th-century neighborhood, overlooking downtown Richmond – and witness the rebirth of the Shockoe and the Manchester areas, where warehouses have been converted into upscale apartments, restaurants, businesses and art studios.
SIGNATURE ATTRACTIONS AND SURROUNDINGS
Immerse yourself in first-class museums, such as the Virginia Historical Society and the Chimborazo Medical Museum, nationally-known universities and distinctive historic sites like the Maggie L. Walker Historic Site, a celebrated symphony and professional ballet company, and numerous theater companies and art galleries. Explore one of the nation’s oldest and most storied African-American neighborhoods, Jackson Ward. See where poet Edgar Allan Poe began his literary career. Tour the legendary Museum and White House of the Confederacy. Trace the banks of the Haxall Canal, the James River and Kanawha Canal, which echo with four centuries of history. Raft through downtown Richmond, VA, on the Region’s truly unique Class IV Rapids. Learn why the City of Richmond is ranked among America’s Top 20 “Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes magazine, and one of the most welcoming destinations along the East Coast.
(Images of Richmond Courtesy of Richmond Region Tourism)