Many times when we are traveling time is tight. We may only have 1 day to spend at a specific location. But, even though time is tight I still want to see as much as possible. Richmond, Virginia is filled with so much to see and do. So much to learn about from botanical gardens to history. Here are 6 places to visit if you only have a day to spend there.
You are going to start your day off at Belle Isle. Belle Isle is a small 54-acre island in the city of Richmond, Virginia. Belle Island lies within the James River and is owned by the city it serves as a city park. It’s a great place to stop for a cup of coffee and take a morning hike.
After your morning hike, hop back in the car and head to your next destination. You have enough time to spend about a half-hour here.
Virginia State Capitol
You have to see the capital! That’s your second stop of the day.
The Virginia State Capitol is the seat of the state government of the Commonwealth of Virginia, located in Richmond, the third capital city of the U.S. state of Virginia. It houses the oldest elected legislative body in North America, the Virginia General Assembly, first established as the House of Burgesses in 1619.
Take a tour or explore for about an hour or so here. Then back to the car we go for the third stop.
Virginia Washington Monument
The Washington Monument is an equestrian statue on the capitol square, at Richmond, Virginia, built to commemorate General George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental forces and the first President of the United States. It is the terminus for Grace Street.
I think this is one of the more recognized statues. Spend about a half-hour to 45 minutes looking at the statue and reading the plaques around the area then head back to the car for the next stop.
Hollywood Cemetery is the resting place of two United States Presidents, James Monroe, and John Tyler. It is also the resting place to Confederate States President Jefferson Davis. It’s known for its large, sprawling hills, this cemetery located next to Richmond, Virginia’s Oregon Hill neighborhood at 412 South Cherry Street. It is also the resting place of 28 Confederate generals, more than any other cemetery in the country; these include George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart
Take an hour to explore and locate the Presidents.
Maymont Nature Center
Maymont’s Nature Center holds close to 30,000 gallons of aquaria that showcase many of the animals, aquatic and terrestrial, that inhabit the waters and land of the James River and the Chesapeake Bay. This is a great place to visit and learn all about the various animals that are native to the area.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
You are going to end the day at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Here you are going to spend the bulk of your day. There’s a cafe on-site to grab a bite to eat too.
Filled with paintings, artwork and special exhibits this is a wonderful place to take your time strolling through and learning about the various artifacts. There are guided tours as well as audio tours depending on the exhibit. You can download a map and plan your visit as well.
While this does sound like a packed day, it is, but you’ll also get to see some amazing places in one day.