Summer’s Not Over Yet! Here Are Seven Richmond Day Trips Worth Taking

Virginia Capitol Richmond

A new school year is coming. Stores in Richmond and across Virginia are already stocking shelves with book bags, pencils, glue sticks and paper. But you don’t have to give up on summer just yet.

There are numerous spots within a day’s drive from Richmond – spots that people from all over the world come to see. They are here in your backyard, waiting for you and your family to explore.

Here are a few of our law firm’s top choices and our estimate of how long it takes to get there:

Busch Gardens – 1 hour

Busch Gardens Virginia

Busch Gardens is a favorite with kids and grown-ups alike. The amusement park has been voted “The World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park” since 1990 and includes scenes from throughout Europe (without having to hop on a plane).

Colonial Williamsburg – 1 hour

Williamsburg Virginia

Right next to Busch Gardens is Colonial Williamsburg, where you can travel back in time to 18th century Virginia. There are historical, recreational and cultural activities here throughout the year.

Charlottesville Wine Country – 1 hour

Charlottesville Wine Country

About an hour to the Northwest is Charlottesville Wine Country, where you can experience local wineries and their wares. Leave the kids at home for this one and spend the day traveling between the many vineyards that Albemarle County has to offer. Several agencies offer wine tours, supplying a designated driver to keep travelers safe and reduce the risk of drunk driving accidents in the area.

Virginia Beach – 1 hour, 45 minutes

Virginia Beach

If you have not hit the beach this summer, it’s not too late. Virginia Beach is a vacation destination for people across the country and beyond, and it’s less than a few short hours from home. If you are going on the weekend, prepare for beach traffic and leave the house early to ensure you have plenty of time to soak up the sun.

Washington, D.C. – 1 hour, 45 minutes (not accounting for D.C. traffic)

Washington, D.C.

With the nation’s capital only a few hours away, you would be remiss to not consider this popular day trip. Check out the White House or tour The Smithsonian. Be prepared for the inevitable D.C. traffic and stay safe while inching forward on the freeway.

Shenandoah National Park – 2 hours, 30 minutes


You can get to the foothills in Shenandoah National Park in just a few hours or extend your drive into the mountains. Either way, if getting into the great outdoors is your idea of a good time, you don’t have to travel far.

Richmond – A few minutes

There are plenty of things to do right here in Richmond. Save the gas money and support your local economy by having a “staycation.”

Wherever you go, stay safe by keeping the following in mind:

  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and prepared for your journey.
  • Always pack an emergency kit in case you have vehicle problems.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving by appointing your front-seat passenger as a navigator and co-pilot.
  • Follow all traffic rules and don’t get into a hurry to arrive at your destination.

Remember: A vacation does not have to last a week to create lasting memories. You can take your family away for an overnight or even just an afternoon with the variety of destinations in the Richmond area.

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