The 3 Worst Places to Visit in Richmond, Virginia


History, art, culture, and genuine Southern charm await travelers in gorgeous Richmond, Virginia. There's plenty to see in this sprawling state capital; simply avoid these three areas and your visit will be one of the highlights of your year.

1) The bad neighborhoods.
Every city has bad neighborhoods, and Richmond is no exception. For most travelers, there's never any reason to visit Church Hill or South Side, the highest risk areas in the city. Still, as you explore downtown and check out the imposing flood wall that protects the low lying areas of the bottom, pay attention to your surroundings and keep an eye on the map. A little common sense goes a long way.

2) The overpriced tourist traps.
There's no shortage of budget entertainment in this city, especially for those with a love for education. Many of the local museums, gardens, and attractions offer free admission, but a few come with big price tags for very little value. Before you decide to shell out for a ticket, do a little bit of research. There are plenty of gardens, historic building tours, museums, shows, and adrenaline-pumping thrills available that are well worth their admission prices. Don't waste an afternoon on touristy nonsense.

3) The college campuses.
An urban college campus is great — as long as you happen to be a college student. You'll know if you happen to wander into a part of the city that's dominated by a university because the bars will be populated with hipsters, the bookstores will all have some kind of textbook discount, and there will be more bicycles and skateboards rolling over the concrete than in any skatepark. For grownups with families, or for people who no longer define a fun weekend by endless games of beer pong and flip cup, the best thing is to stick to boutique neighborhoods like Carytown or the bars and restaurants along the Canal Walk.

Kitty Lusby spent the formative years of her life in the Richmond, Virginia area, where she loved strolling through the formal gardens and was fascinated by the haunting history. As a professional writer, she enjoys educating travelers about the unique charm of the great Southern city, and her travels only serve to increase her appreciation for her hometown. She's also a huge nerd and loves that she has the opportunity to write about Star Wars celebrations in said hometown.