Brimming with American history and architecture, Richmond is the capital city of Virginia and located on the banks of the James River. Included in many ‘best of’ lists, such as healthiest city, great for families, most street art, best U.S Historical destination and most fun and affordable to name a few, Richmond has lots to offer. Southern hospitality, confederate flags, and even debutante balls still exist in these parts. Like any Southerner, they love their sweet tea and turning down a cup is practically a federal offense. Visit Monument Avenue to see many of Richmond’s biggest historic figures cast in stone and get a glimpse of spectacular 19th and early 20th-century architecture. The Richmond International Raceway is thought to be one of the best places to watch Nascar and Rat basketball played on a miniature court for visitors, is actually a spectator sport at the Science Museum of Virginia. You have to see it, to believe it. Richmond basically has its own water park right in town with the James River System. This scenic 550 acres of shoreline and islands offers so much to do, including class IV rapids for an eighth of a mile. Enjoy paddling, hiking, birdwatching and fishing or take one of the romantic canal cruises.
Virginia's weather has been described as a ‘Goldilocks Climate,’ not too hot; not too cold. The mountains to the west act as a partial barrier to outbreaks of cold, continental air in winter, however, the summers can be quite humid due to the surrounding water.
Arts and Culture
Richmond offers a variety of arts and cultural activities, including a full array of theater, opera, symphony, comedians, concerts and festivals. Local events like the Richmond Folk Festival and First Fridays Art Walk ensure residents stay connected to the Arts scene. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (200 N Boulevard) and the Science Museum of Virginia (2500 W Broad St) are definitely worth the visit.
Unpakt’s Most Recommended
Maymont Park (1700 Hampton St)
100-acre park features a koi pond, an arboretum, children’s farm, several gardens and a Victorian mansion.
Mama J’s Kitchen (415 N. 1st St)
A southern soul food hotspot, great catfish, and homemade favorites. Be prepared to wait, but it is well worth it!
Lamplighter Roasting Company (1719 SUMMIT AVENUE)
A hipster vibe with 3 locations to serve you. They roast their beans on site and have amazing fresh menu options.
Carytown Shopping District (W Cary St)
A favorite for Richmond residents, this one-mile stretch of eclectic shops is perfect for strolling and people watching.
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