24 Things to Do in 24 Hours in Lynchburg

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the banks of the James River, Lynchburg is known as the “City of Seven Hills.” It’s a city nestled in its surroundings. If you’re a history buff, you’ve come to the right place — there’s history galore here. Interestingly, it’s a Southern city grappling with its history, both acknowledging and coming to terms with its record on Jim Crow, desegregation, and Civil Rights.

There’s a lot of there, there. In addition to history and its historical sites and great restaurants, the city offers over 40 miles of bike and walking paths, and of course, there’s the James River and all that offers!

Learn more about much of what Lynchburg has to offer below!

There is so much to see and do in the historic town of Lynchburg! Take the “24 in 24 Challenge,” below. 24 hours… can you do them all?*

1. Sample cider donuts at Mama Crocketts Donut Shop.
2. Find your wings on Main Street.
3. Pose in a LOVE shoe at the Craddock Terry Hotel.
4. Take a ride in a bateau on the James River.
5. Pet Duke the Dog at My Dog Duke’s Dinner.
6. Fall in love with a Victorian house on Garland Hill.
7. Climb all seven of Lynchburg’s seven hills.
8. Get married in the chapel in the Old City Cemetery (no, seriously, it’s done!)
9. Stroll along the Lower Bluff Walk.
10. Fall in love at the red LOVE sculpture.
11. Take a selfie with Lynchburg’s astronaut, Leland Melvin.
12. Pay your respects to Lynchburg’s dearly departed at the Presbyterian Cemetery.
13. Sample the Bourbon Punch at Bootleggers & Bourbon.
14. Tip your hat to one of Lynchburg’s “sporting ladies,” Lizzie Langley.
15. Put on your blue suede shoes at Shoemakers American Grille.
16. Check out one of Lynchburg’s more than 20 murals!
17. Find your treasure at the Community Market (open Tuesday – Saturday).
18. Toast the rooftops of Lynchburg on top of the Virginian Hotel at the Skyline Grill.
19. Play your favorite tune at one of the city pianos.
20. Discover Lynchburg’s connection to the Harlem Renaissance at the Anne Spencer House and Garden.
21. Eat a taco at El Jefe’s Garaje.
22. Discover the honorable Dr. Cabel’s devastating secret at Point of Honor Mansion.
23. Sin at CinnCity Buns.
24. Discover Lottie’s secret chair at the Arts Academy Theater.
25. Ride your bike along Percival’s Island Rail Trail.
26. Learn how disease was controlled at the Pest House Museum.
27. Climb all 132 steps of Monument Street.**

Look for articles in the coming months about these daytrip destinations. Lynchburg is a quaint town just brimming with history. With interesting restaurants, many fun outdoor activities, and lots of antiques stores and boutiques, there’s something for everyone!

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* Nah. It took me three days!
**Three extras, just for good measure!

This trip was sponsored by the Lynchburg VA Tourist Bureau. Although the visit was
hosted, what we chose to write about and the opinions expressed are my own.