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How to Spend 3 Days in Richmond

How to Spend 3 Days in Richmond

Three days in historic Richmond gives you enough time to tour the city’s most important historic sites, explore Civil War battlefields and antebellum plantations farther afield, and pursue your own interests—from art to food to family fun—in this city on the James River. Read on for tips on how to make the most of three days in Richmond.

Day 1: City Sightseeing

Get oriented this morning with a tour of Richmond’s landmarks, including the State Capitol, Monument Avenue, and St. John’s Church, by classic trolley car or Segway tour. Alternatively, hear stories of Richmond’s past on a walking or cycling tour through the historic city center, or head out on an app-guided scavenger hunt through town. Make your way this afternoon to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden—among the best botanical gardens in the country—to wander the 40-acre (16-hectare) grounds and have afternoon tea in the garden café. Finish off your day with drinks at Blue Bee Cider, Virginia’s first urban cidery.

Day 2: Explore Your Interests

Spend today following your own interests. Foodies can take a tasting tour of Church Hill or Carytown, while art lovers might take a walking tour of the Museum District or a street-art Segway tour. Other options include a day at Kings Dominion amusement park or a tour of Hollywood Cemetery, the serene final resting place of past presidents and fallen soldiers. In the evening, take a walk on Richmond’s paranormal side with an after-dark ghost tour to supposedly haunted neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill or Shockoe Bottom.

Day 3: Battlefields & Plantations

Start your day with a morning tour to one of the area’s many Civil War battlefields to learn more about Richmond’s key role as a capital of the Confederacy. Step back into the siege of 1864 at Petersburg National Battlefield Park, or learn about the soldiers who experienced it at the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center. Continue your historical explorations in the afternoon by visiting one or more of the area’s historic mansions and plantations. Tour President John Tyler’s home at Sherwood Forest, walk the grounds of Shirley Plantation (Virginia’s oldest), or learn about the secret passages and impressive gardens of Westover Plantation. For an active afternoon, take an electric-bike ride through the Virginia countryside along the Virginia Capital Trail to historic Berkeley Plantation.

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The Carytown Food Tour in Richmond

The Carytown Food Tour in Richmond

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Discover Carytown’s food, history and culture on this walking tour near Richmond, Virginia. Try food tastings from five or six local restaurants, cafes and shops. Visit East Coast Provisions, Xtra's Cafe, Don't Look Back, Virginia Diner Shoppe and Carytown Cupcakes. Along the way, sample local seafood, world-famous tacos, popular Virginia peanuts and learn about the Mile of Style’s colorful history.
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  • 3 hours
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Blue Bee Cider 1-Hour Tour and Tasting

Blue Bee Cider 1-Hour Tour and Tasting

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Thanks to its historical location in a revitalized stables complex, Blue Bee Cider has more to offer its patrons than just a great drink. Discover the history of this Richmond hotspot with a guided tour of the cidery, and then taste what’s on tap in Virginia’s first urban cider distillery. Your guide answers any questions you have about the property, the brews, or Richmond life and culture during your tour.
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Richmond Landmark Segway Tour

Richmond Landmark Segway Tour

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Cover more Richmond sights in less time with a Richmond Segway tour. This tour lets you glide around Virginia’s capital city with ease, taking you to top sights like the Canal Walk, Old City Hall, and St. Paul’s Church, all while filling you in facts and stories from Richmond history. Choose from multiple tour durations and departure times to find a tour that fits your schedule.
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  • 2 hours
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Richmond's Street Art Segway Tour
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Richmond's Street Art Segway Tour

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Richmond is well-known for its history, but its modern street art scene is just as deep. This Segway tour takes you to murals created with the Richmond Mural Project, which painted 100 murals around the city. It’s a great way to learn about modern Richmond culture while celebrating the city’s past.
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  • 2 hours
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Shadows of Shockoe Ghost Tour

Shadows of Shockoe Ghost Tour

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As an historic city, Richmond has plenty of haunts. Explore Richmond’s oldest and most-ghosted neighborhood on this tour of Shockoe Bottom, where more than 400 years of history were made. While you walk to neighborhood sights like the Old Stone House and the Church Hill train tunnel, your guide shares stories of purported paranormal activity and the real stories behind each.
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Hollywood Cemetery Segway Tour in Richmond
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Hollywood Cemetery Segway Tour in Richmond

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One of the most-visited cemeteries in the country, the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond has a lot to see. This Segway tour lets you glide through the huge cemetery with ease so that you can make it to the gravestones you most want to pay homage to, including those of past presidents and fallen soldiers. Plus, you get unbeatable views of the city and the James River as along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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RVATukTuk Sightseeing Tour of Richmond

RVATukTuk Sightseeing Tour of Richmond

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RVATukTuk provides private tours on open-aired tuk tuks. These are fun and unique electric vehicles. We are Virginia Green Travel certified and a woman-owned business.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Church Hill Segway Tour in Richmond

Church Hill Segway Tour in Richmond

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Discover Richmond’s historic Church Hill neighborhood with ease on a Segway tour. See St. John’s Episcopal Church, Libby Hill, and more as you glide through the city streets with ease, covering more ground than is possible on a walking tour. Throughout the tour, your guide shares fun facts and stories about the neighborhood’s vibrant history.
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  • 2 hours
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Hollywood Cemetery Electric Car Tour in Richmond
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Hollywood Cemetery Electric Car Tour in Richmond

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Touring the historic Hollywood Cemetery in an electric Gem Car lets you see more sights in less time than a walking tour without compromising visibility. Cruise through the cemetery at a low speed en route to the final resting places of U.S. Presidents and other monuments, all while your guide shares stories about the lives of those who are buried here.
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Electric Bike Tour to Upper Shirley Vineyards
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Electric Bike Tour to Upper Shirley Vineyards

This 25-mile (40 kilometer) ride from Richmond to the Shirley Plantation flies by thanks to an electric bike and an entertaining guide. Ride through the Virginia countryside with ease to reach the plantation, and then tour the historic house and taste wines from its vineyard when you arrive.
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Arts District Food Tour in Richmond
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Arts District Food Tour in Richmond

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Discover Richmond’s food, history, and culture on this guided walking tour through the city’s recently established Arts District. Try food tastings from a variety of local restaurants and cafes. Visit establishments such as Lift Coffee Shop and Cafe, Tarrant's Cafe, Lucca Enoteca, Mama J's, J KOGI, the Cultured Swine, and Pop's Market on Grace. Along the way, sample coal-fired pizzas, Korean street eats, Southern soul food, and more.
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  • 3 hours
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Church Hill Food Tour in Richmond, VA
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Church Hill Food Tour in Richmond, VA

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Church Hill is regarded as one of the most historically significant neighborhoods in Richmond—and one of its tastiest. Snack your way through Church Hill eats on this guided tour that includes stops at up to five restaurants, cafes, and bakeries, with possible bites ranging from Southern classics to authentic Ethiopian fare. Between stops, visit Church Hill landmarks and learn about Richmond history from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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