The tourism boards says it best, “when you were not looking, Richmond got cool!” The city is known as the Capital of the South and has a history that dates back 400 years, but for a long time Richmond has not been on the radar for many people. It is time to change that. Book your tickets and on your arrival at Richmond airport, pick up your car rental to explore this great area.
During the Civil War, Richmond served as the capital of the Confederacy. One of its top attractions is the American Civil War Museum. Founded just 25 years after General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, it catalogues much of the history of the south during this tumultuous time period and allows visitors to understand the southern side of the conflict. Literary lovers will also want to take time to visit the Edgar Allen Poe museum, where you can visit the Raven Room.
Bring your kids along, because Richmond is for all ages. The Richmond Children’s Museum and Science Museum of Virginia promise hands-on learning and activities for all ages. Older kids might want to do something a little more adventurous. Richmond is home to the only class III and IV urban rapids in the entire country. Grab your kayak and hit the James River to experience a wild ride.
There are few cities in the United States with a longer history than Richmond. Today, the majority of the old historical buildings have been rebuilt but you can still see some. The Virginia Capital and Executive Mansion was designed by Virginia’s most famous resident: Thomas Jefferson. It is the oldest continuously occupied governor’s mansion in the US having been in use since 1813.
Also, Agecroft Hall does not actually originate in Virginia as it predates the founding of the colony. This 15th century Tudor mansion was transported to its current home all the way from England and rebuilt. The Virginia House is another example of a building that was originally built in England and transported to Virginia. Pick your time period and you will find examples of outstanding architecture in Richmond.
With a rental car from us at Orbitz at your disposal, you can hit the streets of Richmond and explore the city easily. Take a map and make a tour of old homes or stop into one of the fantastic restaurants that call Richmond home to enjoy a great southern meal. Whatever you decide to do you ill have plenty of freedom to make it happen with your rental car. Prebook your car online and pick it up at Richmond International Airport and get your car keys.