Explore Our City
Downtown and the River
Skyscrapers and cobblestoned streets. Concerts on the water and class IV rapids. A downtown arts district and the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships. Fortune 500 companies and tech start-ups. A Federal Reserve bank and the state capital. Farm-to-table restaurants and packed food festivals. Richmond has a little bit of everything.
The Great Outdoors
The city’s hallmark James River is just the beginning of the River City’s outdoor scene. Hiking trails, whitewater rapids, running and cycling races, and sports teams — there’s something for everyone.
ArtsRichmond is an arts capital, with nationally recognized art museums and niche galleries; professional, traveling, and local theater; and a ballet repertoire that ranges from the innovative to the classic.
Food SceneRichmond is a foodie’s heaven. Restaurants range from experimental dining experiences to simple comfort food, while festivals attract crowds throughout the year. Home kitchen experts benefit from a plethora of farmers markets and neighborhood markets.
Venues large and small, independent radio, and a series of music festivals make up Richmond’s harmonious and dynamic music scene.
Innovation and EntrepreneurshipWith international media agencies and small start-ups, entrepreneurial support and endless opportunities for collaboration, ideas have room to grow here.
HistoryFrom its founding in 1737, Richmond has seen a long and complex history. Patrick Henry delivered his "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech at St. John's Episcopal Church. Richmond was the site of battles, major slave rebellions, and the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. In the early 1900s, Jackson Ward became a thriving center of African-American culture, and in the 1990s, L. Douglas Wilder became the nation's first black governor since Reconstruction.
The tree-lined streets of the Fan. The boutiques and restaurants of Carytown. The history of Jackson Ward. The river views of the West End. Richmond’s neighborhoods are as diverse as its citizens.
Two Hours AwayGo just two hours in any direction and you can dip your toes in the ocean, put your head in the clouds on a mountaintop, or feast your eyes on the nation’s capital.
Business and Government
Richmond is at the center of the state’s business and government activity. From the state legislature, courts, and the home of the governor, to a Federal Reserve Bank, Fortune 500 companies, and advertising and media agencies — Richmond has it all.
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