Grace Manor Inn
Get into the historic spirit of things with a stay in Grace Manor Inn. Located in the Fan District and just a short drive away from some of Richmond’s top tourist stops, the inn is a throwback to confederate-style homes and serves a three-course complimentary breakfast which includes mimosas and bellinis.
Although Lemaire’s reputation was built on its delicious food, don’t miss out on making a stop here to check out the restaurant’s newly refurbished digs and sample its extensive and extremely imaginative cocktail menu.
The Byrd Theatre
Showing second-run flicks for less than $2 USD a ticket, The Byrd is one of America’s oldest theatres and has been in use since the 1920s. Prices don’t seem to have moved on much since then, and if you can, catch a performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ which is played before every Saturday night movie.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
The location of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech in 1775, this church continues to have an active congregation even today. Those interested in exploring its historical significance can take themed guided tours which include Halloween graveyard tours and Poe graveyard tours. Large groups, seniors, children, and students are eligible for discount tickets.
It's easy to make your trip to Richmond all about history when you take flight to the former capital of the Confederate States and the city to first install electric streetcars in 1888. But that would mean missing out on the city's great live music events, loads of cultural and theatre performances, and scenic outdoor areas where you can go fishing, boating, or just relax and unwind by the James River.
Fans of Edgar Allan Poe should not miss out on a visit to the museum dedicated to this legendary author. Stocked with memorabilia from Poe's stay in the city, this is one of Richmond's most popular tourist haunts so get in line for tickets as early as you can to avoid a long wait. Families travelling with young children can make a trip to the city's zoo, spend a day at the Kings Dominion water park, or opt for more educational activities at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Children's Museum of Richmond. Adults looking for more refined entertainment won't be disappointed either and can check out the latest shows on offer at the Carpenter Center for Performing Arts.
The main airport for the city is Richmond International Airport (RIC), located about eight kilometres away from the downtown area. International airlines which serve this airport include Air Canada and Vision Airlines while domestic carriers such as American Airlines, United, Delta, and US Airways offer connections to most major American cities.
Canadian travellers can get direct flights to Richmond from Toronto but will have to make at least one stopover when flying from other cities in Canada.
From daytime highs of about 7°C in the winter, you can easily encounter temperatures well above 30°C in July and August. Since the city also gets quite humid in the summer, most visitors choose to book flights to Richmond in spring or fall, when the weather is pleasant and there are tons of outdoor events held across the city.
Travel in winter or summer if you want to book the cheapest Richmond flights you can find, but bear in mind that there will be fewer outdoor events during these seasons.
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is a single-terminal airport which has two levels and two concourses. Baggage claim and ground transportation areas are located on Level 1. For further information on the ground transportation options listed below, consult the airport's website.
From there you will have five options for getting into the city:
Public Transit: Bus routes 56 and 28 operated by Greater Richmond Transit Company connect the airport with downtown Richmond, but you might need to transfer to another route depending on your final destination. A one-way minimum fare is less than $2 USD while tickets on express routes can go up to $5 USD. If you plan on doing a great deal of travel via public transit, consider investing in a Go Card that can be topped up based on your usage, or buy a booklet of CARE tickets which get six or ten one-way fares that you can use throughout your stay. Seniors and the disabled are eligible for discounts on all tickets.
Hotel Shuttle: Most major hotels offer shuttle services to their guests arriving on Richmond flights. However, you will need to check if this pick-up service is complimentary or costs extra, and also confirm the meeting point location in advance.
Taxi: Taxi services are provided by seven local companies and can be found outside the central exit on Level 1, near the North and South parking garages. The average fare for a one-way trip to the city centre is about $25 USD.
City Shuttle: Eight rental car kiosks can be found on the lower level of the airport terminal. These are operated by companies such as Advantage, Alamo, Budget, and Enterprise, to name a few.
Chauffeured Car Services: Private operator James River Transportation has counter at the airport for passengers who want to book chauffeured sedans and limousines. You can also book these services in advance through other companies like CMC Ground Transportation and Richmond Limousine, but remember to confirm the pick-up location before you travel as most of these companies do not have on-site customer service desks.