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About the Richmond Region

Explore the Region's Enduring Legacy through our Richmond Tourism Guide

Celebrate more than 400 years of American heritage - all at once - with a visit to the Historic Richmond Region. Tour the site of many of the nation's most significant moments in history. Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. The former capital of the Confederacy. The first American hospital and U.S. canal system. America's first African-American governor. All these milestones took place here, lending to the Region's highly distinguished historical profile.

But the full breadth of Richmond tourism extends far beyond historic sites and illustrious figures from the past. Today, the Region sets a modern precedent by blending upscale shopping, fabulous restaurants, world-renowned museums and action-packed fun for all ages. More than five million visitors come to the Region each year. Join them. Click on the links below to learn more about Richmond Virginia tourism and travel. Explore the five distinct localities that form the Richmond Region, which together - each in their own way - make the area so easy to love.

Experience the Broad Scope of Richmond Virginia Tourism and Travel

Consult our comprehensive guide to Richmond tourism and travel. From Civil War battlefields and heart-pounding recreation to dining, spas and wineries, we offer a county-by-county handbook to the area's best-loved attractions. Start planning your trip now!

Drive Route 1 for an Unforgettable Trip

Designated in 1926, Historic Route 1 is the oldest highway serving the East Coast. Stretching 2,450 miles from Maine to Florida, this U.S. historic road is home to landmarks such as the Bronx Zoo, FBI headquarters, and Okefenokee Swamp. Route 1 runs through Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. Route 1 is dotted by King's Dominion amusement park, the Milk Bottle buildings (a roadside wonder in its own right), Sally Bell's Kitchen (known for the deviled eggs) and the Historic Halfway House restaurant. And that's just the beginning.

Why not make Historic Route 1 the spot for your East Coast road trip? Roll the windows and top down, rev your engine, and explore a piece of Americana. There's something for everyone on Historic Route 1 - historical sights, mom-and-pop diners, classic inns and motels, and larger-than-life locals. Your adventure is totally up to you.




Lewis Ginter

The garden's 40 acres include one of the largest and most diverse gardens on the East Coast....

Metro Richmond Zoo

Metro Richmond Zoo features exotic animals such as lions, tigers, warthogs, giraffes and penguins....

Kings Dominion

King's Dominion boasts the region’s largest collection of roller coasters and a water park....

VA Museum of Fine Arts

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts features world-class art 365 days a year....

New Kent Winery

Made of materials reclaimed from century-old buildings, New Kent Winery offers tours and tastings....