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January 16, 2024

Richmond, Virginia: A Modern City with Rich History

The city of Richmond has been booming with excitement since America’s inception.

By Elite Traveler

Richmond is known for its important place in American history as a city that was a focal point during the Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War eras. Today, Richmond is a flourishing Southern city offering visitors a fascinating look into the past with various museums and historical sites, but it also provides a 21st-century experience with many cultural and outdoor activities.

The fall and winter seasons are the perfect time to visit Richmond’s many museums. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opened back in 1936 and has a number of excellent exhibits. Be sure to check out the ongoing Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts exhibition — it is the largest public collection of imperial Easter eggs outside of Russia.

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The Virginia State Capitol / ©Shutterstock

The Science Museum of Virginia, housed in a 100-year-old train station, is home to the world’s fastest and highest-flying production aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird. This iconic, supersonic stealth plane is the focal point of the museum’s exhibition gallery, Speed. “Suspending a supersonic jet from the ceiling of a historic train station presents some challenges,” says Richard Conti, chief wonder officer, Science Museum of Virginia.

Richmond’s temperate climate allows for a wide range of exciting outdoor activities, such as being a spectator at the thrilling Richmond Raceway. This 1,000-acre, multipurpose facility hosts concerts, festivals and, of course, races throughout the year.

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The James River Railway Bridge / ©Shutterstock

Where to sleep

The Jefferson is the most elegant place to stay in Richmond. Built at the end of the 19th century, this ornate hotel boasts the 1,400-square-foot Jefferson Suite with a grand piano and a marbled tub in the master bath. With these truly luxurious amenities, you may want to call The Jefferson home for more than just a night.

101 West Franklin Street, +1 804 649 4750,

Where to eat

Lemaire creates the perfect atmosphere, with a decor of muted warm colors, to enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. This farm-to-table restaurant boasts locally grown foods that complement the classic American dishes — like the cast-iron seared jumbo sea scallops that ensure patrons are eager to come back for more.

101 West Franklin Street, +1 804 649 4629,

Where to fly

Million Air Richmond has a prime location just a few miles from Downtown Richmond and just two hours from the nation’s capital. With a pilot lounge, hospitality bar and a snooze room, taking off, landing and transitioning have never been easier or more enjoyable.

Richmond International Airport 400 Portugee Road Richmond, Virginia 23250;,

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