By D. Gregory Perrin
Richmond
Virginia
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Known best for its place in the illustrious history of the American Civil War, Richmond, Virginia is not only a treasure trove of historical sites, but also a tranquil city where vacationers can go to relax and get away from the hustle of their normal lives. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to Richmond, Virginia, the city once known as the Heart of the Confederacy.
 
Virginia’s state capital can be frequented via the Richmond International Airport (RIC), which is near both Interstates 64 and 295. You can book your flight to Richmond through EscapeWizard.com with the simple click of your mouse by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Then, when purchasing your hotel accommodations, view our top hotel selections in Richmond below. Our top choice would undoubtedly be the Holiday Inn because the staff is extremely pleasant to all guests. Vacationers can book with EscapeWizard.com by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to view the amazing rates our site can find for you.
 
After you get settled in your room, EscapeWizard.com highly suggests starting your Richmond sightseeing tour by heading to the Museum of the Confederacy on East Clay Street. Here, visitors can walk through a 3 story museum that has one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts from the Confederate States of America. Then, you can go next door and tour through the White House of the Confederacy and see where Jefferson Davis made countless decisions during the Civil War. For more information, follow this link (http://www.moc.org/site/PageServer). Another great Civil War site, on the river is Tredegar Iron Works and Civil War Center. It was here that cannons and other firearms were produced by the Confederacy during the Civil War. Vacationers can see the remnants of the original building and learn even more about the war.
 
Richmond is also a very interesting place because you can see prominent Civil War figures how they were in life and their final rest place. Monument Avenue is a great way to see statues of President Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and other Confederate leaders. Then, you can go to Hollywood Cemetery and see the gravesites of J.E.B. Stuart, President Davis, and nearly 20,000 Confederate soldiers.
 
The city of Richmond is the third capital of Virginia which was preceded by Williamsburg and originally Jamestown. The State House of Virginia has special significance because President Thomas Jefferson was one of the architects that worked on its creation. It was Jefferson’s vision to model the State House after the Maison Carrée, which is an ancient building from the era of the Roman Empire that is located in Southern France. Although the capital of the state was moved to Richmond in 1780, it wasn’t until 1792 that the Virginia General Assembly first met it in the building. The Capitol Building offers tours as well as other sites on the grounds. One such site is the George Washington Equestrian Monument that was erected just before the Civil War. Another monument on the grounds is the Civil Rights Monument that was just unveiled in 2008.

Here at EscapeWizard.com, we highly recommend one option to end your day of sightseeing on Saturdays or Sundays. The Richmond City Hall offers vacationers the opportunity to go up on their 19th floor Observation Deck to taken in mesmerizing views of the city. It is open till 10 p.m. on the weekends and is the best way to end the day in this magnificent city. EscapeWizard.com suggests trying to make it to this destination to watch the sunset over the city, as it's truly breathtaking.

For night life, the best section of Richmond to frequent is Careytown, which has a lot of restaurants, bars and events year round. Visitors can see what’s going on in Careytown by following this link http://www.carytownrva.com/. Another excellent option in the city is the Legend Brewing Co., which is one of the largest microbreweries in Central Virginia.

All in all, EscapeWizard.com highly recommends planning your next vacation to Richmond, Virginia. The opportunity to learn about the long past of our beloved country and the peaceful environment will make your trip worth every penny.
Hotels in Richmond
By Adam J. Mohney
Holiday Inn Express
201 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA
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In the confines of Holiday Inn Express Richmond-Downtown are 100 comfortable guest rooms and 20 suites. After booking on EscapeWizard.com, guests of Holiday Inn Express Richmond-Downtown will enjoy the comforts of Holiday Inn's Simply Smart bedding with triple-sheeting. In addition to a comfortable bed, guests will also appreciate the available mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, ironing supplies and hair dryer. Also available in-room at Holiday Inn Express Richmond-Downtown are; a spacious work desk, 27-inch color television with in-room movies, a telephone with voicemail capabilities and high speed wireless internet access.

Holiday Inn Express Richmond-Downtown features a 24-hour fitness center on-site for guests looking to stay in shape. Another more extensive fitness center near the hotel can be used for a small fee. EscapeWizard.com guests traveling by vehicle will also appreciate the available valet service.

EscapeWizard.com users looking to dine well during their stay in Richmond, Virginia will enjoy the variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options near Holiday Inn Express Richmond-Downtown. The friendly staff is more than happy to make dining recommendations to guests unfamiliar with the area. Holiday Inn Express Richmond-Downtown guests will also be able to kick off their day with Holiday Inn's Express Start continental breakfast, available every morning.

The rich history and beautiful bends of the James River in Richmond, Virginia can be easily affordable for any and all. Book Holiday Inn Express-Richmond Downtown on EscapeWizard.com now and you won't sacrifice location for cost. Click here to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Richmond
By Sarah Hay
Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport
441 International Center Drive, Sandstone, VA
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Located just a mile from the Richmond International Airport, the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport provides guests with free airport shuttle service to and from the airport, and is only seven miles from downtown Richmond, the International Raceway, the Richmond Convention Center, and Richmond Coliseum. Even Colonial Downs is only a short 18 miles away, and, with a check-in time of 3 p.m. and check-out time of 11 a.m., you’ll find plenty of things to do and see in the greater Richmond area, and plenty of reasons to make your stay at the Hilton.

The 130 rooms and suites at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport offer superior amenities, such as 32” HD televisions, refrigerators, microwaves, free wired and wireless high speed Internet access, dual speakerphones, radios with MP3 connections, sitting rooms with ottomans, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, weekday complimentary newspaper delivery, evening room service and valet service as well. There is a 24-hour convenience store on site, as well as a lounge and Great American Grill®.

There are laundry facilities, as well as a news stand and gift shop, and if you’ve brought the family with you, there are cribs, high chairs and children’s menus available. There is pool, whirlpool and exercise facility on premise, to help keep you in shape. Business travelers will appreciate the 24-hour business center, featuring express mail and fax services, audio/visual equipment rental, a notary public, copying and printing services as well.

The hotel can host corporate or special events of almost any size, and even offers 2600 square feet of meeting space, and on-site catering as well. So, if your next trip brings you to the Richmond area, be sure to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport. To help find you the lowest rate on your stay, trust the professionals at EscapeWizard.com, and click here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Richmond
By Sarah Hay
Four Points Sheraton Richmond Park South Hotel
9901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA
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When you’re in the city of Richmond, whether on business or pleasure, you’ll love to come home to the Four Points Sheraton Richmond Park South hotel, located near the highly desirable Fan District, within easy access to the University of Richmond. The hotel is only 19 miles from the Richmond International Airport, and 15 minutes from downtown. There are a wide variety of hospitals, corporate offices, shopping, entertainment and dining options within a few miles from the hotel, as are stellar area golf courses and state parks.

The 194 guest rooms, along with the hotel, have recently been renovated, and feature such great amenities as 32” flat panel televisions, Four Points Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ beds, complimentary high speed Internet access, coffee makers, hairdryers, Bliss® bath products, daily free newspaper delivery, and irons and ironing boards. All rooms are nonsmoking, and connecting rooms are available, as are rooms with lake views.

There is an indoor/outdoor heated pool and fitness center on site, along with a jogging path around the lake next to the hotel. There is also a shuttle and car rental service, along with laundry and valet services. The front desk is open round-the-clock to help assist you, and business travelers will appreciate the many meeting rooms and grand ballrooms at the Four Points Sheraton Richmond South Park, which are designed to help you create or host the perfect event. The largest meeting space encompasses 4,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Café Palm Restaurant is open 7 days a week, for any meal, and the Ivy Lounge stays open until 11 p.m. or later, for a quiet drink with friends or colleagues. So, when you plan your next trip to the Richmond area, plan to relax at the Four Points Sheraton Richmond Park South hotel. To help get you there for less, let the professionals at EscapeWizard.com help find you the best rate, just follow this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Richmond
By Katelyn Mohney
Richmond Airport Hotel
5501 Eubank Road, Sandston, VA
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Richmond Airport Hotel (formally called The DoubleTree by Hilton)® Hotel in Richmond, Virginia is located directly across the way from the Richmond International Airport and is easily accessed through the shuttle service. When you arrive at the hotel, feel free to indulge in delicious cookies and refreshing beverages, which are just the start of a stay that is certain to indulge your senses. Check-in ends at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 12 p.m.

The hotel offers guest rooms, suites and handicapped accessible rooms. Choose a guest room with either a king-sized Sweet Dreams® Bed or two double-sized Sweet Dreams® Beds. All guest rooms have a 27" television that cable channels and the potential to rent movies directly through the TV. Complimentary high speed internet can be accessed in guest rooms; guests also have access to WebTV. The USA Today is provided to guests at no extra charge, compliments of the hotel and is delivered to your doorstep in the morning on weekdays. All guest rooms include a mini refrigerator so guests have a place to store favorite beverages and snacks and somewhere to put the leftovers brought home from the restaurant or ordered through the hotel's room service. All rooms include an iron, an ironing board, a hairdryer, a coffee and tea maker and bath supplies make by Neutrogena®.

The hotel has an outdoor pool which is open seasonally. It is the perfect place to cool off after soaking up the sun. Get a workout at the hotel's fitness center and let out your stress with a vigorous or playful game of volleyball on the hotel's volleyball court.

The Richmond Airport Hotel® Hotel of Richmond, Virginia offers guests a comfortable and convenient vacation or business location. EscapeWizard.com can help you make reservations. Follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book a room.
Hotels in Richmond
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Westin Richmond
6631 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
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The Westin Richmond is centrally located, providing easy access to major corporations, including Philip Morris and Genworth Financial, tourist destinations and downtown Richmond. This modern hotel offers a comfortable place to stay while you explore this historical city. You can go see the Richmond National Battlefield Park and learn about the Civil War, or head to the Poe Museum and see the original draft of “The Raven”. The Modlin Center for the Arts, located at the University of Richmond, is a great place to catch a show, and there are plenty of great restaurants and nightclubs to enjoy, as well.

There are 250 guest rooms and suites to choose from in this seven story hotel. All rooms feature the Heavenly Bed® with luxurious linens to ensure comfort. You will also find a refrigerator, a coffee maker with Starbucks coffee products, and a refreshment center. These modern rooms have 37" Flat Screen televisions with cable channels and on-demand movies, and high speed internet access is available at an extra cost. The rooms have either a stand-up shower or a shower/bathtub combination, and you will be supplied with high quality bath products. The Westin Executive Club Floor includes access to the Executive Club lounge where you will receive a complimentary breakfast and hors d'oeuvres in the evenings.

Downstairs you will find the Crossings Restaurant, a modern, sophisticated restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you will find an exciting menu, as well as an extensive wine list and martini offerings. You can also stop by the Crossings Bar & Lounge for a snack or a drink at the end of the day.

The Westin Richmond also offers a 24 hour Business Center, a complimentary shuttle that will take you anywhere within a 5 mile radius, and a news stand. You can also enjoy the indoor heated pool, fitness center and spa facilities.

Reserve your room with ease through EscapeWizard.com by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).