Built in 1928, the gorgeous Byrd Theatre was once a movie theatre. You can still catch flicks there, but it houses live acts as well.

Byrd Theatre
2908 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 353-9911

Edgar Allan Poe, the writer behind “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” lived in Richmond. Fittingly, the biggest collection of his letters, belongings, and manuscripts is in a stone house near his first home.

Edgar Allan Poe Museum
1914-16 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23223
(804) 767-5809

When it’s warm, you can swim, tube, kayak, or fish on the river. Or pack a picnic and settle along the grassy banks.

James River
4301 Riverside Drive
Richmond, VA 23219

Libby Hill Park offers breathtaking views of the James River and Richmond proper, including the iconic Lucky Strike factory. On warm days, it’s a great place to have lunch from the nearby takeout restaurant The Dog and Pig Show.

Libby Hill Park
900 E Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 646-0036

Thomas Jefferson’s 5,000-acre plantation includes a house he helped design, breathtaking gardens, and enough stories to keep even the biggest history buff busy all day.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Richmond, VA 22902
(434) 984-9800

Visit the church where Patrick Henry helped kick start the American Revolution with his famous words, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

St. John's Church
2319 E Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23223
(804) 649-7938

This world-class museum features standing collections, but the visiting exhibits are the museum's true highlight.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 340-1400

Open for tours, the more than 200-year-old capitol building was designed by Thomas Jefferson and houses the oldest legislature in the Western Hemisphere.

Virginia State Capitol
1000 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 698-1788