Richmond has been an independent city since 1871, and it is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The city played a pivotal role in the history of the United States, and it is a place that deserves packing your family into the RV for an in-depth tour.
Once you arrive, you will immediately notice that there are more attractions and sites to visit than you ever expected. Virginia really is the place for history lovers – in Richmond, it is all about the American Revolution and the Civil War. An added bonus? The people are quite friendly too.
Virginia State Capitol
When you’re travelling with your family, you must make an RV stop at the Virginia State Capitol. What is this building’s claim to fame? Well, it was designed in part by Thomas Jefferson himself. His inspiration was the Maison Carrée temple in Nîmes, France.
Around the Capitol Square, you’ll see monuments dedicated to famous Virginias including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Edgar Allan Poe. The unique architecture is quite intriguing.
Traveling with a family can be a true test of your budget. You’ll be happy to know that free guided tours are offered Monday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, they offered from 1 to 4 p.m.
Stroll through Carytown
If you love to shop for souvenirs when you travel, then Carytown would be the perfect place to do just that. This is an entertainment, shopping and nightlife hub adjacent to the Museum District. And, you can feel the energy pulsing as people zip by with bags of stuff.
What makes Carytown so special? It offers a wide array of unique and locally-owned shops with treasures galore. Richmond is ranked number 24 in the best places to live by U.S. News, and the people here enjoy spending time in Carytown.
You won’t find too many big box stores here. Even if you don’t want to fork over all the contents of your wallet, window shopping and people watching is just as fun. The ambience is free. If you go in August, you can check out the annual Watermelon Festival and enjoy that mouthwatering fruit.
The shops are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are open from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Any time of day is nice for a walk in Carytown.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
A fun family outing would be a tour through Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Admission prices range from $13 for adults to $8 for kids–so, it’s also a budget-friendly option. This 50-acre garden brings in a bevvy of tourists every single day. In fact, it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
You might be surprised to find out that the garden sits on what was once Powhatan Indian hunting ground. It also has a domed conservatory, which is the only one of its design in the mid-Atlantic. The garden got its name due to the fact that it was purchased by businessman Lewis Ginter in 1895.
It really is gorgeous any time of year. You can find the garden around seven miles north of downtown Richmond. It takes a couple of hours to get through it all. And, there are wonderful family-themed events all throughout the year such as Butterflies LIVE! Once everyone is done touring, stop for a spot of tea at the on-site tea house. You can even purchase seeds at the on-site garden shop.
Richmond is well known for its beauty and history. Once you visit, you’ll see exactly why.