This last week I went on a road trip with my boyfriend to Virginia. It was so much fun! We drove from Missouri to Nashville and stayed with one of my friends, and then headed out the next day to Richmond where we spent 5 days.
We went to the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, which was pretty cool. We’re Poe fans, so we enjoyed it. Plus, it wasn’t crazy expensive, only 5 dollars with our student discount. The museum had a lot of interesting artifacts and information that I didn’t know about Poe. Also the building it’s in is the oldest home still standing in Richmond and it is so beautiful. There are 5 different buildings to tour including everything from childhood items, to his writing desk, to clothes, to first editions and letters, to modern takes on his work.
We looked up a couple of restaurants from the show ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ to get some great food and an experience! We went to Dot’s Back Inn, and it was delicious! They had brunch items, but Alex and I both got burgers and LOVED them! Not only did we love eating it, but everyone there was awesome as well. We also went to the Village Cafe (both in Richmond). They had a wider variety of foods, but we opted for something homestyle, and we loved it! The atmosphere wasn’t as awesome as the Dot’s, but the food made up for it.
We went to the Byrd Theatre, and it was spectacular. The inside of the theatre was unlike anything I had ever seen. I haven’t ever been in a theatre with the balcony seats and stage like this and I was amazed! We walked around the lobby and in the actual theatre looking at all these amazing details in the signs, the ceiling, walls and paintings all over. It was so cool. Also, all the tickets to the theatre were only $1.99.
We went to The National later that night, another theatre, to see Bright Eyes perform. (Which, on a side note, it was the best show I’ve ever seen!) The theatre was really amazing, but not as beautiful as the Byrd.
On the way back to Nashville we went to The Natural Bridge of Virginia, which was really awesome! It had a lot of history surrounding it and there are a lot of nature trails around it. However, there had just been rain there, so when we went the nature trails were closed. Although it was beautiful we had to pay 10 dollars a piece to go in, and that was with the trails closed! We decided that if we went back to Virginia, that would not be a stop we would make again, because it has just been turned into a tourist trap. The one thing that I thought was cool (not worth 20 dollars), but cool was that George Washington visited it and actually carved his initials into the side of it- Who knew our first president was such a vandal?
Can’t wait to go back, this trip was full of many surprises and we can’t wait to discover more of them!
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