About Richmond

by SmarterTravel Staff
San Antonio's Botanical Garden (Photo: SACVB/Al Rendon)

Virginia is for lovers, and it's easy to fall in love with the state's capital, Richmond. Influential American citizens—including presidents, Supreme Court Justices, literary figures, and others—made their homes here, and current residents enjoy the natural beauty of the James River through the many urban beautification projects.

Patrick Henry proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me death!" in 1775, and more than 200 years later, visitors can still view St. John's Church, where the patriot spoke. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall also called this city home, and his judicial robe is on display in his house. And the Edgar Allen Poe Museum honors the literary figure, who resided here for a time, by exhibiting his manuscripts.

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The historical residents may receive much of the attention, but Richmond homes are also notable. Agecroft Hall, an original Tudor estate, was built in England and was dismantled and moved to the U.S. in 1925; while nearby Berkeley Plantation, built in 1726, has ties to Thomas Jefferson. Perhaps the most famous house in Richmond is the Confederate Executive Mansion, or White House of the Confederacy, where Jefferson Davis lived during the years of secession.

To enjoy the outdoors, tourists can amble through the more than 50 acres of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The Canal Walk along the James River is perfect for a leisurely stroll, and the sky deck atop the city hall provides sweeping views of the cityscape.

More than three million passengers pass through Richmond International Airport each year, so finding flights to Richmond should be an easy task from most cities.

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