With much of my travel focused on international destinations and escapes, I often forget about the hidden gems of my backyard or home country. I’ve seen much of the western United States, but the eastern half remains unexplored territory. Richmond, Virginia is a budget-friendly treasure I’ve officially added to my list for further exploring. Here’s why.

1. Historical Sites and Riverfront Canals

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As one of the oldest cities in the U.S., Richmond has no shortage of American history. Exploring Richmond’s downtown and strolling the quintessentially American neighborhoods is the perfect way to relive the city’s history.

There’s also a canal system that connects the James River with the Kanawha Canal. For $8 you can take a 40-minute historical boat tour of the area.

2. Ample Outdoor Activities and Trails

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It’s clear that my favorite way to explore is by getting outside. So I’m delighted to say that Richmond has endless outdoor activities. A few on the top of my list include:

  • Virginia Capital Trail: This is a paved, 52-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail through Richmond’s historic areas.
  • Richmond Liberty Trail: This 6.2-mile (10-kilometer) walking route goes through Richmond’s popular attractions and various neighborhoods.
  • Richmond Garden Trail: This trail runs through eight of Richmond’s best gardens and has continually changing locations and “secret garden” locations.

3. Lavender Herb Farm

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I’m a sucker for blooming flower fields, and this farm is what drew my attention to Richmond in the first place. It’s a sixth-generation family farm on 37 acres just minutes outside of Richmond. The farm offers tasty lavender-flavored treats like lemonade and ice cream. I want to go here.

4. Growing Food and Craft Beer Scene

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As a former hospitality specialist, I appreciate good food. Exploring Richmond’s unique restaurants is high on my list, and the various food tours available sound like fun ways to experience more.

These days, I drink more wine than beer, but I lived in Oregon for seven years and do enjoy a unique craft beer. With more than 20 craft breweries in the area, Richmond needs to be on any beer lover’s list. Various tours are available, but I’m intrigued by this designated Beer Trail Map.

5. Street Art

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Never would I have guessed that Richmond has over 100 murals throughout the city. The Richmond Mural Project collaborates with local and international artists to improve specific areas of the city, and the RVA Street Art Festival is a popular event I’d like to experience.

6. Midtown State Fair

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I’m a small-town Idaho girl, and I love a good fair. The Midtown State Fair looks like all things food and fun with blue-ribbon contests, cook-offs, bake walks, and square dancing. Sign me up!

For hotel needs, check out HotelPlanner. The site offers various types of accommodations to meet any price range and has pet-friendly locations, too.

Are you intrigued enough to plan a Richmond adventure? Have you visited? Let me know!

Thank you to HotelPlanner.com for sponsoring this post and inviting me to further investigate everything that Richmond, Virginia has to offer.

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