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Questions questions !!!

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Questions questions !!!

Hi all,

We are from the UK and absolutley love all you guys in the US..... anyway, we have been to the usual places in the states that us Brits do ( Vegas, San Fran, LA etc ).. we now want to do something different like Richmond.

However, we have many many questions ! Hopefully someone can help us out !

1. How many days do we need to get to see most of the major things ?

2. Is Jamestown reachable from Richmond ( we probably wont have a car ) ?

3. We are likely to be coming over in January 2009, whats the weather like !?

4. Are the attractions open all year round ?

5. What are the 'major' touristy things to do ?

We are not into lounging about, we like to get out and see places, sample the historical culture and museums and stuff. We especially like guided tours ( on buses ), battlefields etc

Any help would be very much appreciated.


Steven and Sharon.

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1. Re: Questions questions !!!

Hi, and thanks for your interest in the US and in Richmond VA.

I would begin by taking a look at the following website: http://www.visit.richmond.com/ and see what type of activities interest you.

Jamestown is only reachable from Richmond with a car; in fact most places in Virginia and even in Richmond are only reachable with a car, unless you're planning to stay in one place, but it sounds like you want to get out and about the area. To really get to see what you want to see, think about getting a car.

The only bus tour I'm aware of in the area, is a movie buff's tour that goes around to various places in the area where movies have been filmed. Check: http://www.virginiafilmtours.com/ I know that some of the big charter companies from out of town have Virginia tours that have an overnight stop in Richmond, but they are usually in the summer and fall months. Valentine History Center does a number of walking tours you may be interested in, but you'll have to check to see if they do them in January: http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com. Their museum is also worth a stop.

January can be a difficult month, but is usually OK for walking outside during the day if you're dressed for it. Temps during the day range from 5-10 C during the day, and below zero C at night. We haven't had that much snow in the past few years, but ice storms are somewhat common. Dress warmly! That being said, I actually enjoy going places in January because they're not as crowded, and you can walk around and not get hot like you do in the summers around here.

As far as I know, most attractions in the area are open year-round, except for amusement parks. We've got the Virginia Historical Society http://www.vahistorical.org/ , which is a great history museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, http://www.vmfa.museum , which is a big surprise to many that do not know Richmond, the National Park Service has a fairly new Civil War Museum in downtown Richmond, http://www.nps.gov/rich/ , and they offer information about car tours of the major battlegrounds in this area. There's also the White House of the Confederacy, and the Museum of the Confederacy, http://www.moc.org .

A lot of people base themselves in the Richmond area so they can visit things of interest to the west (Charlottesville and Jefferson's Monticell0), to the north (Fredericksburg and the Civil War battlegrounds in that area), and to the east (Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown). All of these are within an hour's drive of Richmond, but again, you'll need a car to cover it.

Check these resources out, and let us know if you have any other questions.

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2. Re: Questions questions !!!

Wow thanks for the reply.

Superb, I will check out those links and get back to you.

Thanks again.

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3. Re: Questions questions !!!

I agree with 22Tango's advice. Would only add that you should definitely be sure to take a tour of the newly renovated Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond. It was designed by Thomas Jefferson and there is much interesting history to it -- plus they did a superb job on the renovation. Also, you might consider seeing Colonial Williamsburg, which is very close to Jamestown. Also perhaps a day trip to Charlottesville to see Moniticello (Jefferson's home -- well worth a visit) and the Universitiy of Virginia. Both Charlottesville and Williamsburg are only about an hour or so by car.

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We were recently in Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Jamestown and speaking of driving -- the roads and highways around these areas were a breeze compared to Boston metro area. Roads were in fairly good condition, drivers weren't too pushy like us Mass drivers or filled with potholes :-)

You will really need a car to get around Virginia. It is an easy 1 hr drive from Richmond to either Charlottesville (to the West) or Williamsburg (to the East). Definitely second visiting Monticello and Univ Virginia in Charlottesville. Also Museum and White House of the Confederacy and State Capitol building in Richmond. You can walk over to the Capitol building from the Museum. Also validated parking for the Museum and White House of the Confederacy in the nearby hospital parking lot. Williamsburg and Jamestown also very interesting and again the driving wasn't too bad at all.

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Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktowne are all within 10-20 miles of each other (The Historic Triangle) and they are all amazing. Jamestown and Yorktowne each have a reconstructed site with a museum (Jamestown Settlement and Yorktowne Victory Center) as well as the National Park Service Historic Sites. Me? I prefer the historic sites because you are walking in the footsteps of the people who were there, but the recreated sites are excellent. Maybe an overnight in one Colonial Williamsburg's historic houses??? Have a wonderful trip.

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