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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.Read more

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.Read more
Richmond Region Tourism


Richmond 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.Read more

Food Scene

Richmond 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.Read more


Venues large and small, independent radio, and a series of music festivals make up Richmond’s harmonious and dynamic music scene.Read more

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

With international media agencies and small start-ups, entrepreneurial support and endless opportunities for collaboration, ideas have room to grow here.Read more


From 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.Read more


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.Read more

Two Hours Away

Go 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.Read more
(c) Brandon Martin - Richmond Region Tourism

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.Read more
Named "Where to Travel for Food in 2016" among 10 international cities
National Geographic
"Best River Town in America"
Outside Magazine
Tied for most beautiful liberal arts college in America
One of "America's Top 5 Cities to Keep on Your Radar"
Huffington Post
"Happiest metropolitan area" in the U.S.
Science Daily
Least Stressed Out City in U.S.
CNN Money
One of 8 under-the-radar foodie cities
Huffington Post

Photos from @URDowntown

Do you live, work, or play in #downtownRVA?
#Spiders on our corner of 7th and Broad!
The Photovoice exhibition opening last night with Daily Planet Health Services brought so many friends and health warriors together.
Calling all students!
Welcome to #RVA, Class of 2023!
It’s been a capital day downtown!
So glad to have @urraceproject interns Jisu Song and Shira Greer conducting an interview in our spaces yesterday with @westhamptoncollege alum Beth Marschak, a lifelong activist and Richmond LGBTQ historian who currently serves on the the board of @diversityrichmond.
A painting from Virginia Mentoring Partnership’s “The Faces of Mentoring” exhibition currently on view in our gallery to brighten your day!
This tempera and ink on paper is by Katherine Gutierrez and mentor Nicole Benites, ‘19, with the University of Richmond Scholars’ Latino Initiative which seeks to create educational opportunities for a new generation of Latinx leaders in Virginia.

@vamentoring #MentoringMatters
📢 Due to construction, the UR Downtown Shuttle will NOT stop at 8th and Grace Streets today through Friday, June 28.
These are the amazing Virginia Mentoring Partnership AmeriCorps VISTA Members who are building the capacity of mentoring programs and youth development organizations throughout Virginia.
Ready to post our @rvasymphony Summer Recital Series flyers!