Photo courtesy of Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tired of social isolation? Ready to get out of town? If your summer travel plans were put on hold because of the pandemic, we’ve got you covered with some great day trips perfect for friends and family. At HHHunt, we believe it’s how you live that matters and travel is one of the best ways to learn, grow and build new connections. Here are some of our top day trip destinations from Richmond:
Hit the Beach
Virginia Beach is only a short two-hour drive from Richmond. There, you can experience a flourishing culinary scene, rich history, a variety of arts and entertainment and family-friendly attractions that keep our locals and visitors entertained year-round. There are miles of coastline where visitors can spend the day relaxing on pink sand or swimming in the Ocean. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Colonial Beach is a great alternative. Only 65 miles from Richmond, Colonial Beach is often referred to as the “playground of the Potomac” and is the second largest beach in Virginia. Visitors can stroll the Boardwalk, grab a bite to eat, ride on the swings at the playground, shop for souvenirs or cast a fishing line from the Pier.
Take in the Mountain Air
One of the best things about living in Richmond is that you are located between the beach and the mountains. If the ocean is not your idea of fun, turn west for some great mountain experiences. Why not enjoy a picnic lunch and sightseeing along Skyline Drive? It’s one of the most majestic places in the country. This 105-mile road goes to the top of mountains where you can experience nearly 70 overlooks of the valleys below. If you prefer a more social scene (socially distanced of course), why not try the Brew Ridge Trail? This trail is self-guided and features five of the nation’s best craft breweries. With everything from lagers to stouts, there’s something for everyone along the trail.
Go Lake Front
Lake Anna, Smith Mountain Lake, and Kerr Lake are all a quick drive from Richmond and offer scenic experiences at their best. These picturesque parks are a water enthusiast’s paradise. There are numerous water activities including swimming, boating and fishing. Families can also enjoy picnicking, a visitor center, an amphitheater, miles of trails, special programs, camping and cabins with boat docks.
We hope that these ideas inspire you to hit the open road and go exploring!