Richmond City Guide
United States of America > Richmond
Richmond is Virginia's state capital and home to seven Fortune
500 companies (Philip Morris alone employees 8,000 people, a
holdover from Virginia's tobacco roots). But Richmond doesn't
just live in the past. It is home to the University of Richmond,
a big science museum and numerous art venues.
As one of the few cities in the world with serious whitewater
churning through its center, a perfect spot for kayaking and
rafting. Richmond knows its rapids, which can hit class IV
and V near Hollywood Cemetery and Belle Isle. Milder sections
of the James welcome paddlers and tubers during the March-Nov
For a taste of classic, Virginia Holocaust Museum offers
a poignant look into the horrors of Europe during WW II. Self-guiding
tours with CD players and headphones lead you through a re-created
box car and family room frozen in mid-capture.
It's hard to miss the Science Museum of Virginia, a monumental
Union Station (topped by a green copper dome), which houses
an excellent body of hands-on displays on neat-o subjects
like aviation, computers, crystals, astronomy, and static
Getting There and Moving Around
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is another option for
taking a flight or landing. It serves inbound and outbound
flights domestic and international as well.
Amtrak train provides service to the state along three routes.
The central part of the state is served by the East Coast
lines and the western part of the state is visited by two
Greyhound provides bus service between Virginia cities and
to points outside the state. Three main interstates run through
Virginia: (Maine to Miami, Florida) runs north-south, serving
the central portion of the state; north-south through the
Shenandoah Valley on its way from upstate New York to Tennessee;
and east-west through the state, from Norfolk to St. Louis,
With a good link of transportation in this fascinating city,
it is easy to move around conveniently here.