Richmond, the capital of Virginia on the James River, has an interesting historical past. Colonists moved their capital from Williamsburg at the time of the Revolution and re-established it at Richmond. During the Civil War it was named the capital of the Confederacy and was devastated in the final throes of the war. Tobacco has been a major industry as has banking. As well as its historical attractions, the city has many strong cultural links, with a special connection with Edgar Allan Poe, who spent a large part of his life here.
When to visit RichmondThe city experiences hot summers and cool winters, with the chance of snow in winter, Average July temperatures are 88ºF and January temperatures are 46ºF. Fall and spring can be the best times to get the most out of sightseeing.
How to get to RichmondRichmond International Airport (RIC) is 6 miles southeast of Richmond. There are also Greyhound bus services or you can travel by rail using Amtrak. There are also a number of interstates criss-crossing Richmond. The city has a compact and walkable center, ideal for visitors staying in hotels in downtown Richmond; sightseeing on foot is supplemented by the downtown trolleys.
Richmond attractionsThere are plenty of luxury hotels in the center of things including the Jefferson Hotel a few blocks from the Virginia State Capitol, a public building that dates from 1788 and was designed by Thomas Jefferson. You can't get much closer to the Capitol than to stay at the boutique hotel the Commonwealth Park Suites. Tredegar Iron Works once provided the iron-cladding for ships. Shockoe Slip is a prettified old wharf area and has a number of hotels including The Berkeley and a line of warehouses called Tobacco Row.
Where to stay in RichmondHotels.com offers the best choice of Richmond hotels, including the major chains such as Sheraton hotels, Holiday Inn, and Marriott hotels.