Sightseeing in Chester

Up to 53% Off Trolley Tour from RVA Historic Tours

Shockoe Slip

$35 $19

Two-hour trolley tours take guests through Richmond's historic sights

54% Off Tour for 1 or 2 from Segway of Richmond

Shockoe Slip

$50 $25

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Segway tours glide through River District, Shockoe Bottom, and retrace Lincoln's visit to Richmond nine days before his death

Valentine Richmond History Center - Up to 51% Off

Capitol District

$16 $8

More than 1.7 million objects & artifacts inspire guests to examine Richmond history & members enjoy discounts & special events

50% Off at Virginia Center for Architecture

The Fan

$50 $25

Member receive benefits such as free admission; take an architectural tour of the Tudor-revival Branch House designed by John Russell Pope

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Richmond

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Richmond's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 51% Off Running Tour

Capital Fountain

$30 $15

Runners can receive a bottle of water, Health Warrior chia nutritional bars, and digital photos

Preservation Virginia - Up to Half Off Historic Virginian Site Visits

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Historic sites whisk visitors to the homes of patriots and politicians with architecture ranging from the 17th to 19th centuries

Up to 56% Ghostly Tour Historic Williamsburg from Axwild Tours

Williamsburg

$40 $20

On a 90-minute walking tour of historic Williamsburg, guide Allison Wildridge recounts more than 10 tales from the city's storied past

Up to 52% Off Membership to The Watermen's Museum in Yorktown

Yorktown

$40 $20

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Non-profit museum explores the rich history of the men and women who have made their living on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay

50% Off Haunted Tour of Williamsburg

Williamsburg

$28 $14

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Costumed guides lead 75-minute tours through Williamsburg's historic streets, narrating true tales of eerie events and mysterious legends

Up to 41% Off Tour of Shenandoah Caverns for Two or Four

Quicksburg

$46 $27

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National Geographic has featured this cavern; on a one-hour tour, you can see its crystalline formations and rainbow lakes

Virginia Discovery Museum – 50% Off Museum Visits

Downtown

$6 $3

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Interactive children's museum features such hands-on activities as a mini Panera Bread, a frontier cabin, a post office, and a bee hive

Up to 51% Off Winery Tour and Cheese

North Garden

$39 $19

The vineyard manager and crew cultivate all 2,075 vines planted over 126 acres

Ash Lawn-Highland – Up to 43% Off a Visit to James Monroe Home

Charlottesville

$28 $16

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Residence of President James Monroe features tours of the home and estate that illuminate 18th- and 19th-century living

James Madison's Montpelier – Half Off Visit

Near Charlottesville

$36 $18

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Visit include tour of President James Madison’s home, old-growth forest, enslaved community sites, & admission to a formal garden

Half Off Visit to Berkeley Plantation

Charles City

$22 $11

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In period garb, guides lead tours of a Georgian mansion built in 1726 follow by self-guided tours of its garden, situated on the James River

50% Off at P. A. Bowen Farmstead

Brandywine

$40 $20

1.5-hour walking tours educate guests on the farm’s cheese-making process and methods of naturally raising animals and organic food

Up to Half Off Visits to Historic Gunston Hall

Mason Neck

$20 $10

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Guided tours through 18th-century Georgian mansion with period furnishings and historical recreated grounds

48% Off Flying Experience for One or Two

Manassas

$380 $199

Individuals or pairs start with a brief intro to flight class, followed by a 20-minute flight commemorated with digital videos and pictures

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The White House of the Confederacy constituted the social, political, and military headquarters of Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Later named a National Historic Landmark, the building still stands today. Daily guided tours lead guests through the grand 19th-century structure, which houses more than half its original wartime furnishings.

The White House is only steps away from The Museum of the Confederacy's Richmond location, where a core exhibit chronicles the Confederacy from its beginnings to General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Opened 25 years after that fateful event, the nonprofit museum displays artifacts from a collection of more than 15,000 items. They include Stonewall Jackson's sword, a letter from Pope Pius IX, and all the pennies Jefferson Davis etched his face onto in his spare time.

Meanwhile, another 400 artifacts adorn the permanent exhibit at the museum's Appomattox location. Here, a dozen audiovisual stations, parole lists, and the uniform coat worn by Lee illustrate the event that brought the Civil War to a close.

1201 E Clay St
Richmond,
VA
US

Edgar Allan Poe holds a distinguished reputation in American literature, given his proclivity for dark work, such as “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” But the Poe of legend is often at odds with the real Poe: the student who had to gamble and burn his furniture to make it through college; the career man who traveled extensively to find better opportunities; and the devoted husband who never recovered from the death of his wife. He even enrolled at West Point … though he was thrown out eight months later.

The Poe Museum educates guests on the writer's life, helping them reconcile the reputed Poe with the real Poe. Located within the Old Stone House that lies just blocks from Poe's first Richmond home and his first employer, the Southern Literary Messenger, the museum showcases exhibits and significant artifacts, such as Poe's walking stick, his boyhood bed, and even a lock of his hair. This collection reveals his journey, showing what drove him to become a master writer of short stories, lyric poetry, action-movie screenplays, and, of course, horror stories.

1914 E Main St
Richmond,
VA
US

Having stood its ground against those who wanted to tear it down, Wilton House serves as a symbol of the Colonial American spirit in more ways than one. Built in 1753 as the main house on a 2,000-acre plantation, the structure serves as a steadfast example of Georgian architecture. It’s the home of more than 1,400 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century objects and artifacts, including documents signed by founding fathers and US presidents. Wilton even played host to the likes of Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington, and George Washington’s white-wig-wearing foxhound. In addition to daily tours, the museum staff hosts events, such as lecture series, concerts, and seasonal exhibits.

215 S Wilton Rd
Richmond,
VA
US

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia tunes brain waves to more artistic frequencies with its exhibitions, artifacts, and art pieces all created by African Americans. Situated in an ornately adorned house built in the early 19th century, the museum features works by accomplished artists, such as the vibrant abstract art of Sam Gilliam, Harlem Renaissance murals by John Biggers, and P.H. Polk's iconic photography, as well as textiles and artifacts from various ethnic groups throughout Africa. Check the museum's calendar to align your schedule with ongoing events and rotating exhibitions.

0 E Clay St
Richmond,
VA
US

Founded in 1831, the same year chief justice John Marshall became its first president and former president James Madison its first honorary member, the Virginia Historical Society began amassing books, manuscripts, and historical objects to preserve the state's past. After moving its collections throughout the state during the Civil War, the society finally settled into the Lee House—the wartime home of General Robert E. Lee's family—in 1893 before moving to the Center of Virginia History in 1959.

The society showcases the state's heritage through long-term and temporary exhibitions such as The Story of Virginia, an American Experience, which contains artifacts from 16,000 years of Virginian history (from prehistory to the present) displayed in 10,000 square feet of galleries. Outside of its museum walls, Virginia Historical Society enlightens the public with educational programs and resources, publications, and rare nickels that caught Thomas Jefferson with his eyes closed.

428 N Boulevard
Richmond,
VA
US

The Cultural Arts Center devotes its 50,300-square-foot facility to preserving and kindling the artistic flame, bringing in unique performers, conducting one-of-a-kind workshops, and purveying local and specialty goods. Experience the Fab Four infused with bluegrass, jazz, and classical with April 8 tickets to beatlegras ($25 per ticket), a string-picking Beatles-covering trio that proves that John and Paul's differences would have been best resolved with dueling banjos. Bring the family on May 14 to listen to ventriloquist comedian Lynn Trefzger throw her voice around the spacious, resonant theater with her madcap, audience-interactive lip-schtick ($15 per ticket). The gift card can also be used toward facility rentals for anything from a royal wedding reception in the cardinal ballroom to the rehearsal studio where Dirty Dancing and tumbling routines are perfected (price and availability vary).

2880 Mountain Rd
Glen Allen,
VA
US