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How to Spend 2 Days in Richmond

How to Spend 2 Days in Richmond

Two days in Richmond gives you plenty of time to step back into the storied past of this historic city on the James River and find out what makes it such a compelling modern destination. Read on for suggestions on how to spend your 48 hours in Richmond.

Day 1: Richmond History

**Morning:**To understand Richmond’s present, look to its past. Start your trip off with a sightseeing tour around town to some of the most important landmarks, including the State Capitol, Monument Avenue, and St. John’s Church. Explore on foot or by bike, Segway, or classic trolley car, depending on your interests.

**Afternoon:**As the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond played a key role in the Civil War. This afternoon, learn more about this turbulent time with a visit to either Richmond National Battlefield Park or Petersburg National Battlefield Park on the southeastern edge of the city.

**Night:**Many of America’s oldest cities are also considered the most haunted, and Richmond is no exception. Once the sun goes down, set out on an after-dark stroll through Shockoe Bottom or Capitol Hill to hear stories of Richmond’s best-known ghosts and paranormal occurrences.

Day 2: Modern Hot Spots

**Morning:**Modern-day Richmond is home to one of the nation’s best botanical gardens. Take these cool morning hours to tour the grounds of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, with its classic domed conservatory, and stop for lunch in the garden café. 

**Afternoon:**This afternoon, spend some time in one of Richmond’s quirkiest neighborhoods, Carytown. Do some shopping at the boutiques along Cary Street, or join a guided food tour to eat your way around this foodie haven like an insider. 

**Night:**Polish off your time in Richmond at a historic neighborhood turned nightlife hot spot: Scott’s Addition Historic District. Take an early evening tour of Blue Bee Cider, the first urban cidery in Virginia, before sitting down for some drinks on the outdoor patio. 

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The Carytown Food Tour in Richmond
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The Carytown Food Tour in Richmond

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Discover Carytown’s food, history and culture on this walking tour near Richmond, Virginia. Try food tastings from five or six local restaurants, cafes and shops. Visit East Coast Provisions, Xtra's Cafe, Don't Look Back, Virginia Diner Shoppe and Carytown Cupcakes. Along the way, sample local seafood, world-famous tacos, popular Virginia peanuts and learn about the Mile of Style’s colorful history.
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Blue Bee Cider 1-Hour Tour and Tasting

Blue Bee Cider 1-Hour Tour and Tasting

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Thanks to its historical location in a revitalized stables complex, Blue Bee Cider has more to offer its patrons than just a great drink. Discover the history of this Richmond hotspot with a guided tour of the cidery, and then taste what’s on tap in Virginia’s first urban cider distillery. Your guide answers any questions you have about the property, the brews, or Richmond life and culture during your tour.
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Richmond Landmark Segway Tour

Richmond Landmark Segway Tour

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Cover more Richmond sights in less time with a Richmond Segway tour. This tour lets you glide around Virginia’s capital city with ease, taking you to top sights like the Canal Walk, Old City Hall, and St. Paul’s Church, all while filling you in facts and stories from Richmond history. Choose from multiple tour durations and departure times to find a tour that fits your schedule.
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Shadows of Shockoe Ghost Tour
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Shadows of Shockoe Ghost Tour

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As an historic city, Richmond has plenty of haunts. Explore Richmond’s oldest and most-ghosted neighborhood on this tour of Shockoe Bottom, where more than 400 years of history were made. While you walk to neighborhood sights like the Old Stone House and the Church Hill train tunnel, your guide shares stories of purported paranormal activity and the real stories behind each.
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Richmond Scavenger Hunt: City Center Spectacles

Richmond Scavenger Hunt: City Center Spectacles

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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RVATukTuk Sightseeing Tour of Richmond

RVATukTuk Sightseeing Tour of Richmond

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RVATukTuk provides private tours on open-aired tuk tuks. These are fun and unique electric vehicles. We are Virginia Green Travel certified and a woman-owned business.
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Hollywood Cemetery Segway Tour in Richmond
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Hollywood Cemetery Segway Tour in Richmond

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One of the most-visited cemeteries in the country, the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond has a lot to see. This Segway tour lets you glide through the huge cemetery with ease so that you can make it to the gravestones you most want to pay homage to, including those of past presidents and fallen soldiers. Plus, you get unbeatable views of the city and the James River as along the way.
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Church Hill Segway Tour in Richmond
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Church Hill Segway Tour in Richmond

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Discover Richmond’s historic Church Hill neighborhood with ease on a Segway tour. See St. John’s Episcopal Church, Libby Hill, and more as you glide through the city streets with ease, covering more ground than is possible on a walking tour. Throughout the tour, your guide shares fun facts and stories about the neighborhood’s vibrant history.
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Arts District Food Tour in Richmond
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Arts District Food Tour in Richmond

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Discover Richmond’s food, history, and culture on this guided walking tour through the city’s recently established Arts District. Try food tastings from a variety of local restaurants and cafes. Visit establishments such as Lift Coffee Shop and Cafe, Tarrant's Cafe, Lucca Enoteca, Mama J's, J KOGI, the Cultured Swine, and Pop's Market on Grace. Along the way, sample coal-fired pizzas, Korean street eats, Southern soul food, and more.
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Church Hill Food Tour in Richmond, VA
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Church Hill Food Tour in Richmond, VA

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Church Hill is regarded as one of the most historically significant neighborhoods in Richmond—and one of its tastiest. Snack your way through Church Hill eats on this guided tour that includes stops at up to five restaurants, cafes, and bakeries, with possible bites ranging from Southern classics to authentic Ethiopian fare. Between stops, visit Church Hill landmarks and learn about Richmond history from your guide.
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