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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
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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
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Photos from @URDowntown

Who gets to create, display, and consume art?
@urbanhangsuiterva has THE BEST hot chocolate and is a fantastic study spot a few blocks from UR Downtown!
Come hang with us during @rvafirstfridays tomorrow night and see incredible cut-paper portraits of early civil rights leaders like Hezekiah F.
Sure was fun hanging our new exhibition with the talented Cindy Ochoa, ‘22, and Jacquelin Park, ‘21, who also created amazing linocut prints for the exhibition under the guidance of Jen Thomas, book arts director at @boatwrightinfo 📚
Looking to get involved and connect with your community in 2019?
Catch this snowy view of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia State Capitol on your shuttle ride to UR Downtown for Study Days!
Candy and snacks ✔️Cozy place to study ✔️Amazing lunch from @richmondonbroadcafe ✔️ To our wonderful UR Downtown Student Coordinators and all #Spiders, best of luck on exams!
UR Mentoring Network hosted a special holiday celebration for their mentees from the Armstrong High School Leadership Program in our spaces today.
#MentoringMatters #TheFutureIsBright
Did someone say free tickets, dinner, and transportation?!
Finally, blue skies are back in #RVA!
Such a pleasure to meet Natanya van der Lingen and Noelle Baldwin from @iesabroad Cape Town and to have the opportunity to exchange stories of our histories and communities.
Another packed house for a Carrico Center for Pro Bono & Public Service Law Over Lunch!