Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2237 times:
Make your way into downtown and visit the Capitol Square (near the intersection of with the recently restored Thomas Jefferson-designed (with additions in 1906) state capitol building, also the final capitol of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War (aka the "War of Northern Agression").
I'm not sure how much of the facitlity is open to the general public since the Senate of Virginia is one of my [favorite] clients and I'm always under escort but it is a beautiful building with a rich history, and part of the renovation included construction of an underground visitor's center. Capitol Square is bordered by Broad Street to the North, 9th Street to the West, Bank Street to the South, and Governor St. to the East.
It's an easy drive (15-20 minutes at the worst) from the airport. The Homewood Suites practically right across the street is my preferred hotel in the area, I've also tried the Double Tree and Hampton Inn (no longer a Hampton Inn) and was less than impressed with either of those.
If you're up for a longer drive, Washington DC is just up the road about 2 hours the other direction, but the one trip I had enough extra time to try to make a trip up there I spent an hour and a half looking for somewhere to park before giving up and driving back to Richmond (I did see most of the tourist spots out my driver-side window though-- and I also felt like my life was in danger every second I tried navigating the streets of DC. You think Los Angeles drivers are crazy....)
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KaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12129 posts, RR: 37 Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 2167 times:
Quoting Lincoln (Reply 3): I'm not sure how much of the facitlity is open to the general public since the Senate of Virginia is one of my [favorite] clients and I'm always under escort but it is a beautiful building with a rich history, and part of the renovation included construction of an underground visitor's center. Capitol Square is bordered by Broad Street to the North, 9th Street to the West, Bank Street to the South, and Governor St. to the East.
I was just there 1.5 months ago. The underground visitors center is open 6 days a week (I believe it's closed on Sunday). Also, the entire inside of the capitol is open to the public, including the old house room that collapsed at some time in history. You can also get on the balcony of both the house and senate even if they are in session.
I used to go to KD every summer when I was living in Arlington. Until I moved down to Virginia Beach couple years ago, I've been going to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg since I really like Busch Gardens and it's closer form where I live. I heard Six Flags or used to be AdventureWorld in Maryland sucked but i'm not sure about now. Been almost 10 years ago since I was there.
Evan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 2133 times:
There's honestly not much for tourists in Richmond. You can walk up and down Cary Street, which has a wide variety of interesting shops. There's a holocaust museum and you can visit Edgar Allen Poe's house. Hollywood Cemetery is pretty interesting. It's very, very big and contains the grave of a couple Confederate generals and the old confederate president. It's a great place for walking, especially in the spring and summer when all the trees and flowers have blossomed. Richmond was the old confederacy capital. You can go swimming in the James River if you come in the summer, but that's more reserved for the youth. There are two hookah bars near Broad Street if that appeals to you. Near the airport there is not much to do at all. I've never been to the museum even though I fly out of RIC 15-20 times a year. I find Richmond pretty boring but I'm sure for the first time visitor you will be able to find enough to do for the day.
King's Dominion is sort of "ghetto" and more out of your way than the more prestigious Busch Gardens, which actually can't be more than a 30 minute drive east of the airport in Williamsburg. Busch Gardens is valued more for its cultural displays than its coasters. The park is based on 4 or 5 European countries and offers a variety of restaurants and other cultural activities. It's much better for the older generation; plus it's right next to the Anheuser-Busch brewery, and I see in your profile that you like to collect shot glasses. So Busch-Gardens may actually be an attractive option for you. If your up for the drive, Williamsburg has many, many historical landmarks and museums from the colonial days if that suits you. I despised that place as a kid, but many people come to RIC just to visit Williamsburg and Jamestown.
Hope this helps. From this analysis it seems to me you may enjoy renting a car on your day off and taking a trip east to Williamsburg to visit Anheuser-Busch and some old colonial settlements. I'll be honest with you though, I've never been to the Anheuser-Busch brewery so I don't know if tours or even buyable shot glasses for that matter are available. Richmond, in my opinion, is a drab city, but I live here so I've seen most of it many times.