October is a fine time for Richmond VA Tours. The beauty of this historic city is augmented by brilliant fall foliage, which peaks at the end of October and in early November. Walking tours are a great way to become acquainted with this city, and this month there are quite a few good ones. Richmond VA bed and breakfasts provide gourmet meals at the start of each day, so guests should have ample energy for even the most strenuous walking tour. Don’t forget to pack walking shoes.
The Valentine Richmond History Center offers several walking tours, as well as Segway tours (wee!) and bus tours. Tours typically last 1.5 or two hours, and most walking tours don’t require reservations (bus and Segway tours do). Read on for a list of upcoming tours. For more information, please visit the Richmond History Center.
Hollywood Cemetery on a Segway (October 23, 2010). Learn about this lovely, historic cemetery overlooking the James River; it is the resting place of U.S. Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In addition, experience the thrill of riding a Segway – you’ll want one at home.
Canal Boats and Cobblestones (October 24, 2010). Walk along the James River, enjoying large views of the cityscape and intimate views of the river. This tour focuses on historic architecture in neighborhoods bordering the river, and touches on the historic significance of the James River and the Canal, created in the 1840’s in order to avoid river rapids.
Carver (October 31, 2010). The neighborhood of Carver has a long, rich history. Originally home to German and Jewish immigrants, Carver became a vibrant African American community in the early twentieth century, and is today home to an eclectic mix of people from all walks of life. Admire the architecture of this neighborhood, which reveals much about its history.
If Halloween is a favorite time of year and you laugh in the face of fear, you may be interested in Haunts of Richmond. Tours cover several areas of the city, from Shockoe Bottom (said to be the most haunted neighborhood in Richmond) to Capitol Hill. These tours offer a different twist than classic historic walking tours. Prepare to be entertained by expert storytellers. Additional information is available at their website.
A variety of Richmond VA tours await intrepid travelers. Don’t hesitate to ask the innkeepers of you Richmond VA bed and breakfast for opinions and suggestions; they may be your best resource.