Richmond is an independent city in the state of Virginia. It is located 98 miles south of Washington on James River and is the capital of the commonwealth of Virginia, U.S. Apart from the American Revolution Sites and American Civil War memorabilia sites, Richmond offers lots of activities for literature, fine arts and nature lovers. Richmond is the hottest culinary destination in the country. The oldest streets and architecture offers stories from 18th and 19th century.
Here are some of the remarkable and unique attractions you should visit when you are in Richmond.
- Poe Museum
This museum is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe the famous literary master. This museum offers the finest collection of Poe’s works. The artifacts related to Poe are preserved in this museum.
Address: 1914-16 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia.
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday 10 AM to 5PM.
- James River Park Pipeline Walkway
This is a little-known place with good scenic beauty. The pipeline walkway is just above the water level of James River. By crossing the pipeline you can reach the island where blue herons nest. The pipeline overlooks class III whitewater, popular among rafters.
How to get there- Access the pipeline from the Canal Walk at South 12th and Byrd streets or from the east end of Brown’s Island.
- The Grand Kugel
This is a massive sphere made of granite weighing 29 tons which can be spun or stopped by any person with hardly any effort. This is the largest sculpture based on science. The sphere is placed on a hollow pedestal supported by a thin film of water which acts as a frictionless fluid bearing.
Address: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220.
Timings: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 to 5.00, Sundays 11.30 to 5.00.
- Markel building
This building with a design similar to a foil-wrapped potato is declared as one of the 10 ugliest buildings in the world by Digital Journal. Architect Haigh Jamgochian designed it as the headquarters of The Markel Corporation in 1962. The exterior of each floor is covered in solid aluminum.
Address: 5310 Markel Rd, Richmond, VA 23230.