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Flying To Richmond With American Airlines

American Airlines flights to Richmond make it simple to explore the role Virginia's capital played in United States history -- and enjoy the city's modern attractions. From strolling down cobblestone streets and visiting museums to appreciating fine art and going whitewater rafting, there are things to do in Richmond that will appeal to everyone.

Things to Do in Richmond

Thanks to its multiple historical sites, some of the most popular things to do in Richmond focus on taking you back in time. The Richmond region boasts such must-see sites as Henricus Historical Park, the second-oldest settlement in the Colonies. The settlement was named in honor of Prince Henry, the son of England's King James I, and not Patrick Henry, who famously said "Give me liberty or give me death" during his speech at St. John's Church, which is also in Richmond and a National Historic Landmark certainly worth seeing. You'll also want to visit the Virginia capitol, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson. An extensive renovation was recently completed that restored the building to its early glory, and guided tours are available every day of the week. There are also many preserved historic homes in Richmond. Don't miss the White House of the Confederacy, a neoclassical National Historic Landmark. Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy, and this was the official home of Jefferson Davis during his Confederate presidency. The Federal-style John Marshall House was home to the third chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and it still features many of the family's original belongings. The Georgian-style Eppington Plantation, built by Thomas Jefferson's brother-in-law Francis Eppes VI, and the 15th-century Tudor-style Agecroft Hall are also not to be missed.

Visiting the many Civil War battlefields in the area is another one of the historical activities in Richmond to add to your list. Start at the Richmond National Battlefield Civil War Visitor Center, where you can pick up detailed maps and get a good overview of which sites are nearby. It also houses exhibits and videos that will give a nice sense of perspective before you start exploring. You'll also want to make time to visit the American Civil War Museum in Richmond's historic Tredegar, which presents artifacts and exhibits from Union, Confederate and African American points of view. And before you wrap up your historical tour, you must visit the Library of Virginia, which houses an original copy of the Bill of Rights, and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.

While it's true that Richmond has extensive historical attractions, it also has many modern attractions as well. A few of our favorite things to do in Richmond include visiting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (with over 40 acres to explore) and the Metro Richmond Zoo (with more than 600 animals). If you'd like to get your adrenaline pumping, head to the James River, where you can go whitewater rafting in Class II and IV rapids.

With such rich American history as well as modern attractions, there's every reason to visit. Fly to Richmond with American Airlines and embark on a journey of discovery! Just use the tools here to start planning your trip today.

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