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Richmond Itineraries

Pick a theme. Pack your bags

You want a new experience, not a research project. Well, poof, here it is, a whole set of pre-planned itineraries. Pick and choose, or do them all. Be a Richmond region beer lover, history explorer, outdoorsy person, foodie, family of fun or shop ‘til you dropper. Meet some of our downtown RVA friends here, or scroll down for the 411 on lots of great places to visit in the Richmond Region. 

The Two-Day Foodie Tour

These are just a few of our 900+ culinary experiences in the Richmond region. See our Eat section for more options.

Day 1:

Day 2:

  • Breakfast: Biscuits from Early Bird Biscuit Company or The Fancy Biscuit. Or Perly’s for modern Jewish fare  

  • Lunch: Former downtown drugstore Tarrant's Café or soul food at Mama J’s

  • Dessert: Who says dessert has to be after dinner? Swing by Proper Pie Co. for slices to go. Walk to nearby Libby Hill Park and enjoy pie with a proper view.

  • Dinner: Acclaimed new Southern fare at The Roosevelt (New York Magazine recommends the chicken-fried tofu with spicy slaw), Southern Living’s “The South’s Best Restaurant”, L’Opossum ( said it’s like “visiting Liberace’s garage sale); or Peter Chang China Café (have you ever seen a bubble pancake? Crazy!)

The Cheers to Richmond Tour

A sampling of our craft breweries, wine bars, distilleries, cideries and craft cocktail spots.

  • Fuel up with locally roasted coffee at Lamplighter, Black Hand or Blanchard’s

  • Make sure your Uber or Lyft app is working.

  • Tour the beverage district in Scott’s Addition and sample brews from Ardent, Hardywood, The Veil, Buskey Cider and Blue Bee Cider. 

  • Take the GRTC Pulse bus to Rocketts Landing, and walk to Stone Brewing’s only East Coast location.

  • Go south of the river to enjoy local brews at Steam Bell and Molly's Blind Dog Brewery

  • Head to the West End’s “secret” cocktail bar, Mix; find out why Mekong was named the #1, #2 and #3 craft beer bar in the country; step next door to The Answer Brewpub; or go northeast (and bring the dog) to Intermission Beer Company

  • Head to Ashland to visit Center of the Universe Brewing Company, try some test brews at its sister brewery Origin Beer Lab, then head next door for a wine tasting at The Caboose Market & Café.

  • Designate a driver -- or book New Kent Tours to drive you through Pamunkey River wine country with stops at Gauthier Vineyard, New Kent Winery, and Saude Creek Vineyards.

The “Tucker Out the Kids” Tour

Because sticky, exhausted kids are the sign of a great vacation.

  • Kings Dominion should be the first stop – with Intimidator 305 and Twisted Timbers for older kids and brave parents, Planet Snoopy for younger kids, and swimming and sliding for everybody at Soak City

  • Head to Carytown to the Galaxy Diner, get a little something at the fun candy and chocolate shops, and check the marquee to see if there’s a kids’ matinee at the Byrd Theatre.

  • Get a bird’s eye view of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in the CWDKids Tree House, climb a 100-year-old mulberry tree, and tour the world in the Garden’s International Village. If it’s hot out, pack swimsuits for the kids – they can cool off in the fountains and sprays at WaterPlay.

  • Scope out the Science Museum of Virginia – it’s got a lot of hands-on exhibits, animal encounters, science-related activities, and yes, they actually have a rat basketball team. The Children’s Museum of Richmond is right next door, where kids can climb, paint, play, and – don’t tell them, but they’ll actually be learning something. 

  • Meet the animals at Maymont and the Metro Richmond Zoo. (You can feed giraffes at the Zoo!)

Richmond Arts and Culture Immersion

We’re home to the #1 public arts school in the country, and you can see the influence of that creative culture everywhere here. 

The Historical Attractions + Museums Tour

 With 400+ years of culture here, there’s no shortage of museums and attractions in this region. 

The Outdoor/Action Tour

This should get your blood flowing…

  • Go for a run around Belle Isle, or ride the trails on your mountain bike.

  • Refuel with a locally sourced lunch at Goatocado in the Fan.

  • Rent a kayak and take on the rapids of the James River.

  • Get your game on at indoor golf complex Topgolf– or feel like you’re in a Wes Anderson movie as you go a round of “high falutin” mini-golf at Hotel Greene.

  • Head to Thunderbolt Indoor Karting for electric cart racing. 

  • Spend the evening at The Diamond rooting for the Richmond Flying Squirrels minor league baseball team – or join the Red Army fan club to cheer on the Richmond Kickers soccer team.

The Shopping Excursion

We have eclectic one-of-a-kind shops, and all the big names, too. 

  • Head to Carytown, Richmond’s “Mile of Style.” Be sure to check out the international flagship store for Need Supply.

  • Grab coffee at Lamplighter on Addison, and shop the funky vintage shops across the street.

  • Head to Broad Street to Rosewood, Utmost, Blue Bones Vintage and Steady Sounds,  Verdalina – and Round Two, with vintage sneaks and sportswear (its sister store is in Hollywood on Melrose.) 

  • Shop ‘til you drop at Stony Point Fashion Park (with Saks, Restoration Hardware, and a lot more) and Short Pump Town Center (Nordstrom, L.L. Bean, Anthropologie, Apple, Lilly Pulitzer, etc.) – both are beautiful outdoor malls.

  • Go antiquing in Chesterfield County at Buckingham Antiques Mall or Heritage Antiques & Collectibles Mall (to name a few). 

  • Browse the cute shops in the lovely Town of Ashland and stop by Mixie’s Antiques and Collectibles in Mechanicsville for a walk down memory lane.