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Richmond comes heavy on history, and even heavier on weather extremes; with that in mind, you’ll need to pack different clothing and accessories to layer depending on what time of year you visit. Regardless of when you plan to explore Richmond, we think the most important things to pack are:
1. Comfortable walking shoes. Sure, a car is the best way to get around the capital city, but if you really want to see what Richmond has to offer, you’ll need a good pair of sneakers. All of the city’s best attractions require a great deal of walking. Our advice? Leave those fancy-schmancy heels at home, and bring the hiking boots or flats to trek around the city’s historical sites.
2. A camera. Richmond plays both sides at the same time, with lush, expansive parks and gardens, but also with several of the nation’s best historical landmarks. Whether you’re snapping photos of birds for the Audubon Society near the James River or getting your photo snapped in Edgar Allen Poe’s home, you’ll want to remember some of the beautiful sights Virginia’s capital has to offer.
Every visitor to Richmond should pack a camera, great walking shoes and an extra bag for gifts! The city is very photogenic and your visit will be well worth documenting. Be sure to take a few shots along picturesque Monument Avenue, a few at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and plenty of The Jefferson Hotel, a National Historic Landmark. The Grand Staircase is legendary.
Great walking shoes will allow you to explore as much as you’d like in comfort. Many of the city’s neighborhoods have their original cobblestone streets and you won’t want to be wearing dress shoes for the downtown Segway tour or the walk through the gardens at Maymont or Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Those comfortable shoes will also come in handy for filling your extra bag with gifts. Carytown, with 10 blocks of unique boutiques, is the perfect destination for shopping.