USA: Get Outside and See The Sights of Richmond, Virginia

USA: Get Outside and See The Sights of Richmond, Virginia

Richmond is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, major corporations, and federal establishments, and law and finance drive the economy. With that in mind, you may think that Richmond doesn’t have much history or many natural sights to see. In reality, it has both. With museums, theatres, murals, and architecture to marvel at, together with water-based activities and open public spaces, Richmond has it all. Don’t forget to choose a hotel where you can relax after a long day of seeing what amazing things Richmond has to offer.

Walking Tour

Walking Tour Richmond, Virginia

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A number of companies offer guided walking tours in Richmond. Whether wandering the around downtown for a couple of hours is your thing or meandering through 240 years of architecture in Richmond’s oldest residential neighborhood is more what you had in mind, then The Richmond Tour Guys have you covered. They offer free tours, were you simply pay what you think the tour was worth.

Bicycle Tour

If your time is limited, then consider a bicycle tour of Richmond, so you can cover more ground than you would on a walking tour. Whether you tour downtown to discover Richmond’s history and architecture or you join a food tour to try local cuisine, check out Richmond Rides. This tour company even offers leisurely rides along a protected part of the James River and the Capitol Trail, where you can looking out for murals, riverboats, canals, and rapids.

Canal Tour

Canal Walk, Richmond, Virginia

Image via Flickr by Ron Cogswell

If you want to see Richmond from another viewpoint, then jump on a canal tour. Riverfront Canal Cruises offers a regular tour of the James River and Kanawha Canal along Richmond’s historic Canal Walk. The tours last around 40 minutes, and they’re fully narrated. You get to learn about what you’re seeing as you see it, so you can sit back and enjoy as the boat cruises the canals.

Water Sports

Richmond doesn’t get too hot or too cold. However, it’s officially considered a humid, subtropical region, resulting in sticky summers. What’s better than hitting the water when humidity takes its toll? There are a number of places in Richmond where you can participate in canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, and a host of other water sports. These are great ways to cool off while getting your heart pumping.


This city is home to several parks that you can visit for a number of reasons, including musical performances, festivals, movies in the park, and football games. If none of those reasons float your boat, grab a picnic, your family, or a friend or two, and just enjoy the great outdoors for a few hours or so.

With so many outdoor pursuits to take part in that will allow you to see the great sights Richmond has to offer, maybe you should consider visiting this summer and seeing them for yourself.

  • We were happy to write this post in collaboration with Hotel Planner.
  • Featured Image – Image via Flickr by rvaphotodude
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