This Historic City Is One Of America’s Top Destinations On The Rise—But It May Not Be The One You Think

Every year, TripAdvisor announces its Travelers’ Choice Awards, highlighting the top picks in all things travel with categories such as destinations, hotels, vacation rentals, experiences, airlines, beaches, and more. Below, we’re highlighting the city of Richmond, Virginia, which ranked #7 on America’s “Top Destinations On The Rise.” See the full list at our Travelers’ Choice Awards page on TripAdvisor! You may think of Williamsburg, Boston, or Philadelphia when it comes to historic US cities. But travelers have spoken, and Richmond is a top getaway this year!

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Without further ado, here’s our deep-dive into the charming historic city of Richmond.

Richmond, Virginia

Discover an essential chapter of America’s history in the cobblestone streets, river walks and monuments of Richmond. Originally a colonial settlement, Virginia’s capital is now a thriving hub for culture, shopping and outdoor fun. Explore Civil War history at the Museum of the Confederacy, stroll along the canal downtown or test your nerve whitewater rafting on the James River. With lively neighborhoods and a vibrant restaurant scene, Richmond is perfect for a quick break or an extended getaway.

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Top Activities

2-Hour Richmond Historic Landmark Trolley Tour

Explore Richmond, Virginia and learn about the city’s historical landmarks on a 2-hour history tour aboard a classic trolley car. Your guide shares commentary about the history of one of the oldest cities in the United States as you roll past landmarks such as the State Capitol, Monument Avenue, and St. John’s Church. Choose from two departures on the weekend and one on weekdays.

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Blue Bee Cider 1-Hour Tour and Tasting

Discover the story of Blue Bee Cider on a one-hour tour and tasting. Learn how we became Virginia’s first urban cidery and create artisanal cider in a historic revitalized stables complex from the 1940s.  Meet the Blue Bee staff, get a behind-the-scenes look at our unique property, and experience our ciders in a guided tasting.

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The Carytown Food Tour in Richmond

Discover Carytown’s food, history and culture on this 2.5-hour walking tour near Richmond, Virginia. Try food tastings from six local restaurants, cafes and shops. Visit East Coast Provisions, Xtra’s Cafe, Don’t Look Back, Virginia Diner Shoppe and Carytown Cupcakes. Along the way, sample local seafood, world-famous tacos, popular Virginia peanuts and learn about the Mile of Style’s colorful history.

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Top Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel

“Amazing historic hotel. I can’t say enough good things about this hotel. We have stayed here twice and my daughter has just enrolled at the university of Richmond and we are so happy that we will have additional opportunities to stay here. The rooms are huge and so beautiful. The bathrooms are palatial with a television in the mirror. The service is impeccable, but the most amazing part is how beautiful the hotel is. The lobby area is stunning and the history of hotel and the city is fascinating. We had breakfast in the restaurant for free courtesy of our Amex card and it was excellent. Stay here if you can.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

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