Though it’s the capital of Virginia, Richmond is often overshadowed by suburban D.C. cities like Arlington and Alexandria, Charlottesville (home to UVA), and Virginia Beach. However, it has a lot to offer — including historic attractions, delicious food and drink, live music, and more.
Edgar Allen Poe Museum (1914-1916 East Main Street)
Whether or not you’re a fan of the famous writer of “The Raven,” you’ll appreciate this peek into the life and work of Poe, who lived and wrote in Richmond for many years. The museum is closed on Mondays, but you can browse manuscripts, letters, and possessions on a self-guided tour Tuesdays thru Sundays.
This fun and funky neighborhood is filled with many shops, cafes, spas, and salons that are uniquely Richmond. Catch an independent movie at the Byrd Theatre, search for a one-of-a-kind vintage piece at Bygones, and indulge in a sweet treat at Carytown Cupcakes.
St. John’s Episcopal Church (2401 E. Broad Street)
This is no ordinary church; it was here that Patrick Henry famously exclaimed “Give me liberty, or give me death!” While we don’t suggest reenacting that epic historical moment, you can get a guided tour of the building and grounds for a small fee most afternoons, or attend Sunday mass at 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.
If you’re an architecture buff, you’ll adore the row houses that line the street of this quaint, charming residential area. Just steps from campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, the neighborhood is home to many students, and has a fun and friendly vibe. There are also a handful of “hidden” gem shops, such as Strawberry Fields Flowers & Finds, and eateries, like Kuba Kuba.
The National (708 E. Broad Street)
A Richmond standby for live music, The National has been hosting both local and national acts in a beautiful, stately venue since 1923. Its Downtown Richmond location makes it easily accessible, and it makes for the perfect evening after a dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (1800 Lakeside Avenue)
This lush park was recently named the #2 public garden in the country by USA Today, and you’ll probably agree once you get a look at the amazing selection of plants and flowers. Special events and exhibits take place throughout the year as well: check out the strangest that nature has to offer every Saturday at “October Oddities.”