Two Hours Away
Richmond’s location at the center of Virginia’s eastern coast, near the intersection of interstates 95 and 64, gives residents access to all that the state has to offer.
Only an hour to the west is Charlottesville, home to Monticello, numerous vineyards and breweries, and a gateway to the Blue Ridge. Keep going west and find the jaw-dropping views of Virginia’s most famous mountain range along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. A plethora of hiking and camping options are available to visitors to Shenandoah National Park, including the popular hikes on Old Rag Mountain (about two hours away) and Humpback Rocks (about an hour and a half away). Or take advantage of the Appalachian Trail, which cuts diagonally through the state. Hike the Virginia section, and you’re more than a quarter of the way through the entire trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine.
Head east on Interstate 64 to find Williamsburg, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. Colonial Williamsburg is one of the nation’s premier historical reenactment sites. Two hours from Richmond, Norfolk contains the largest naval base in the world and is an important economic and cultural center, boasting the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Nauticus maritime museum, and the Harrison Opera House, home to the Virginia Opera. Just beyond Norfolk, Virginia Beach offers miles of beaches along the coastline.
Two hours to the north is Washington, D.C. The city’s close proximity to the nation’s capital puts residents only a daytrip away from the Smithsonian, the Capitol, and D.C.’s booming cultural scene. Direct train service between Richmond and Washington allows students to easily travel up to the capital for research and to explore internship opportunities on Capitol Hill and at the many think tanks, nonprofits, and businesses that make the D.C. metropolitan area one of the most exciting and dynamic regions in the world.