Now a sprawling metropolitan area flanking the James River in the center of the state, Richmond has been Virginia's capital since 1780 and has been the stage for much history.
The city has a host of other attractions, including fine old homes, an excellent fine arts museum, a hands-on science museum with state-of-the-art planetarium, and a botanical garden. But its prime attractions are the monuments, battlefields, and museums that recall the nation's bloodiest conflict. If you have any interest in the Civil War, Richmond is an essential stop.
Whether you're looking for shops or sports, homes or history, culture or cuisine or day or nighttime entertainment, the Richmond Region has something for every taste and budget.
With more than 60 attractions, 11 malls, four distinct seasons and one river with the only class IV rapids in an urban U.S. setting, it's always the perfect time to visit.
Be sure to visit White Hall State Historic Site, home of emancipationist and publisher Cassius Marcellus Clay. A fascinating character given to bare-knuckled defense of his views, Clay was also the U.S. minister to Russia and a close friend of Abraham Lincoln.