Richmond is located about two hours from Washington, D.C. Most people think that the only way to get there is to drive down the dreaded stretch of Interstate 95 that connects the two cities – it’s actually what kept us from visiting for the first six years we lived here. But then we discovered Route 301, which snakes south through Maryland, largely traffic-free.
If you live too far away to drive, Amtrak serves Richmond with daily trains along the Northeast Cooridor route. Alternatively, there is also an international airport just outside town, with service from most major U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, several New York City-area airports & even destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico.
You’ll definitely want to rent a car for your visit, as the tourist map makes Richmond look deceievably walkable (remember our Monument Avenue hike?) & there really isn’t any public transportation available.
Where to Stay
Since Richmond isn’t really a tourist mecca & most of the hotels are geared toward business travelers, great deals are to be found on the weekend. Make sure & shop around; scoring a hotel for under $100 a night shouldn’t be a problem for the weekend. We stayed at the Omni Hotel on a great special weekend rate.
Where to Eat