Hotel at a Glance: Holiday Inn, Bells Road, Richmond
Located in a quiet area about 6 miles from downtown Richmond, this comfortable Holiday Inn is a convenient jumping-off point for exploring Virginia's capital city. At night, guests can settle into rooms with 32-inch HDTVs, upgraded furnishings, and lots of space to spread out.
- Fitness room with brand-new treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, free weights, and yoga mats
- Watch the game on any of the nine LCD TVs at Sporting News Grill.
- Signature dishes at the restaurant include cajun-spiced shrimp and white bean chicken chili.
Richmond, Virginia: Historical City with Classic Architecture and Trendy Neighborhoods
Richmond is the capital of Virginia and an important site in the nation's history. At St. John's Church, colonial leader Patrick Henry famously proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me death!" Later, Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. On Broad Street, The Museum of the Confederacy recounts the history of this period, displaying military artifacts such as Stonewall Jackson's forage cap and Robert E. Lee's field tent.
Just north of downtown is the historic Fan District, named for the "fan" shape of its streets. You can find well-preserved Victorian mansions in the Italianate, Queen-Anne, and Colonial-Revival styles throughout the 85-block area. It's also a good spot to find trendy cafes and boutiques.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden—about a 20-minute drive away from the hotel—comprises more than a dozen themed gardens on 40 acres. The Healing Garden, to take one example, has medicinal plants and a granite mortar-and-pestle installation. The facility stays open all year round.