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If you go to Richmond and Petersburg, Va.

November 18, 2012

If you go

THE BEST WAY TO RICHMOND, VA.

From LAX, American, United, Delta and US Airways offer connecting service (change of plane) to Richmond. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $518.

WHERE TO STAY

Jefferson Hotel, 101 West Franklin St.; (804) 649-4750, http://www.jeffersonhotel.com. Rooms from $335 (discount packages available). Historic and elegant.

Berkeley Hotel, 1200 E. Cary St., (804) 780-1300, http://www.berkeleyhotel.com. Weekend rates from $135. Weekdays from about $200.

Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 S. 12th St; (804) 344-7000, http://www.omnihotels.com/Richmond. Weekend rates from $119. Weekdays rates from $199.

Hilton Garden Inn, 501 E. Broad St., (804) 344-4300, http://www.hilton.com. From $119 on weekends, $149 weekday.

WHERE TO EAT

The Roosevelt, 623 North 25th St.; (804) 658-1935, http://www.rooseveltrva.com Southern-inspired adventurous eating. Dinner entrees from $14.

Millie's Diner, 2603 E. Main St.; (804) 643-5512, http://www.milliesdiner.com Eclectic specials. Dinner mains from $21.

Mamma Zu, 501 South Pine St.; (804) 788-4205. Amazing Italian in a unassuming building. Dinner entrees $10-$25.

Arcadia, 1700 E. Main St.; (804) 417-4005, http://www.arcadiarichmond.com. Daniel Day-Lewis was photographed here in his Lincoln makeup. Seafood and steaks. Dinner entrees from $19.

Balliceaux, 203 N. Lombardy St.; (804) 355-3008, http://www.balliceauxrva.com Dinner entrees from $14.

Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant, 1327 E. Cary St.; (804) 649-7767, http://www.sineirishpub.com/richmond_home. Drinks and music. Dinner mains from about $10.

WHAT TO SEE

CivilWarTraveler.com offers a Lincoln podcast and map for a self-guided version of Lincoln's path through Richmond. Richmond National Battlefield Park, the Valentine Richmond History Center and the Virginia State Capitol offer occasional Lincoln tours.

Museum and White House of the Confederacy, 1201 E. Clay St.; (804) 649-1861, http://www.moc.org. Open daily10 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 for combination ticket to both Richmond buildings and new site at Appomattox.

State Capitol, 1000 Bank St.; (804) 698-1788, http://www.virginiacapitol.gov. Public entrance at 10th and Bank streets. Free. Guided tours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Historic Tredegar, home of the American Civil War Center and Richmond National Battlefield Park visitors center, 470 Tredegar St.; (804) 226-1981, http://www.nps.gov/rich. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission to battlefield visitors center and to 13 units around the area. Civil War Center, 500 Tredegar St. $8 for adults, $6 seniors, $4 children, (804) 780-1865, http://www.tredegar.org.

Petersburg National Battlefield Park, Grant's headquarters unit at Appomattox Plantation, 1001 Pecan Ave. Hopewell, Va.; (804) 458-9504, http://www.nps.gov/pete. Eastern Front Visitors Center, 5001 Siege Road, Petersburg, Va.; (804) 732-3531, Ext. 200. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 per car.

Old Towne Petersburg Visitors Center, 19 Bollingbrook St., Petersburg, Va.; (804) 733-2400, http://www.petersburg-va.org/tourism/vcenter.asp.

Pamplin Historical Park and National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, Va.; (804) 861-2408, http://www.pamplinpark.org. 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through Nov. 25, $12 adults, $7 children.

TO LEARN MORE

Virginia Tourism has set up a special "Lincoln" Web page at http://www.virginia.org/Lincoln/. Richmond will have "Lincoln" on its general and Civil War websites at http://www.visitrichmondva.com and http://www.ontorichmond.com.

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