About the Area

Welcome to the great state of Virginia.

To find out more information on area attractions and events please visit virginia.org

Virginia is for Lovers. Residents and visitors to the Historic Richmond Region continue to call it easy to love. Home to museums, breathtaking architecture and a vibrant arts community, the region entertains and enlightens. Historic buildings and world-class museums nestle next to new structures designed to harmonize with the past even as they define the future. Richmond—fun, affordable and accessible—offers the benefits of a big city and the warmth of a small town. There are trendy areas and endless pockets of discovery—all in a historic setting that reminds us of who we are as Americans.

Located on the James River fall line, Richmond was founded in 1607 by Captains Christopher Newport and John Smith of Jamestown fame. Patrick Henry lit the fires of revolution when he delivered his "…give me liberty or give me death…" speech at St. John's Church in 1775. You can still visit St. John's, and during the summer enjoy the reenactments of Henry's famous speech. Richmond replaced Williamsburg as capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1780. The Virginia State Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson and is one of the most visited sites in the city.

Visitors to the Richmond Region find the traditions of history and culture alive today. Historic homes and neighborhoods, Civil War and Revolutionary War sites and museums, gardens and nature centers, science & art museums, sports teams and the James River offer a myriad of activities throughout the region. Combined with excellent shopping and excellent dining, these attractions are enough to create several fun-filled weekends.

Whatever your interests are, there is something for you to discover in the Historic Richmond Region. For a complete listing of all the region has to offer, call 1-888-RICHMOND for a free Visitors Guide. And visit soon to see for yourself why Richmond is easy to love.

When You Go: 

Stop in the Richmond Region Visitor Center at 405 North 3rd Street to learn about the variety of places to visit. Just follow the Tourist Information signs from the highway. There is plenty of parking in a deck right next door.


Check out Visit Richmond for a list of hotels in the Richmond area.