Virginia State Capitol © Anderskev
The stately Southern granddame of Richmond has been
Virginia's state capital since 1780. Although a bastion of history,
it also has all the hallmarks of a lively and modern urban centre.
Acting as an ideal gateway to the rest of the state, a range of
attractions is within easy reach and visitors can enjoy the
neighbouring sights and sounds of the ocean, mountains,
battlefields, historic colonial Williamsburg, or even drive into
Washington DC to visit the nation's capital.
Richmond has played an enormous role in American
history, particularly as the capital of the Confederacy during the
Civil War. Today visitors can enjoy a host of monuments,
battlefields, cemeteries, and museums that hark back to the days
when Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee held out against the Union.
This is not a city stuck in the past, however, and there are
numerous modern attractions including an active nightlife, plenty
of restaurants, bars, and outdoor concerts. A stroll along the
attractive Canal Walk and the restored Haxall and Kanawha Canals is
a great way to relax. There is also the option to catch a boat,
some tours include an historical narration, or there is the 'drive
The cityscape is an interesting combination of modern
high rise office complexes housing financial institutions, Fortune
500 Companies, government offices, hospitals and universities, and
the more charming cobblestone, gas-lit streets flanked by
19th-century warehouses, and a 300-year old farmers' market, filled
with the scent of ripe fruit and fresh flowers.
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