Things To Do in Richmond
Meshing history, adventure and learning is Richmond's forte. Adrenaline buffs can plunge down the James River, which makes Richmond the only urban setting with Class IV rapids. You can also watch the pulse-pounding harness racing at Colonial Downs racetrack. For a bird's eye view of the city, soar in a hot-air balloon above the Virginia countryside. Don't miss the beautiful gardens at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
History lovers can step back in time in Richmond, which was essentially the "ground zero" during the Civil War. The Richmond Liberty Trail is a big attraction, as the 6.2-mile-long trail connects 15 national historic landmarks exhibiting the African-American struggle. You can also explore the American Civil War Center at the Historic Tredegar, then tour the Museum of the Confederacy, the Manchester Slave Trail and numerous battlefields.
With more than 900 restaurants in the area, vacationers and business travelers will be sure to find something that pleases their palates. Some of the most popular spots include Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue, Joe's Inn and Mekong Restaurant, which were featured as the top restaurants in Style Weekly. You might also enjoy the nearby vineyards and wine tasting at places like James River Cellars Winery.