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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 season.

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 electricity.

Getting There and Moving Around

By air

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is another option for taking a flight or landing. It serves inbound and outbound flights domestic and international as well.

By rail

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 routes.

By road

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, Missouri.

Moving Around

With a good link of transportation in this fascinating city, it is easy to move around conveniently here.


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