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[[Image:Richmondrafting.jpg|thumb|320px|right|Richmond skyline looking across James River]]
'''Richmond''' is a city in [[Virginia]], a state in the [[South (United States of America)|South]] Region of the [[United States of America]]. Richmond has a population of 200,000 and the adjacent counties of Henrico and Chesterfield combine to create a local population of more than
Richmond has been called a city of neighborhoods, each one with a distinct look, flavor, and identity. All are recognized by Richmonders as unique neighborhoods, almost as though the city were a collection of several small towns.
'''Richmond''' is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was settled in 1607 by an English settler named Capt. Christopher Newport and Capt. John Smith. The site was previously inhabited by the Powhatan Indians. It was named Richmond after the London suburb of Richmond-upon-Thames by its founder William Byrd II. The settlement did not become a city until 1742, and in the 135 years in between served as little more than a trading post for furs, hides, and tobacco. In 1782 Richmond became the state capital of Virginia.
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Richmond is on I-95 about 2 hours south of Washington DC. I-64 runs east-west through the city which provides easy access to Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Charlottesville. In addition, several other
The city is also served by '''Eastern Travel''', a chinatown bus line that picks up and drops off passengers at its station near the intersection of Boulevard and Broad Street. It is half the price of Greyhound, and while it only runs one departure and one arrival a day (at 7AM and 10PM) is relatively reliable. This bus serves two destinations from Richmond: Washington, DC and New York City. Many more options of this type are easily reached in both of these cities.
*'''Belle Isle'''. In the middle of the James River, this island includes a mountain-biking trail. Fans of the movies Cold Mountain, Hannibal, and The Jackal may recognize the area. It offers great views of the falls and the river, but be wary of copperheads, which abound on the island. Also many teenagers enjoy swimming and laying out on the rocks. There are even rope swings set up on the bridges nearby. It is a great hangout for teenagers and young adults.
*'''The Historic Downtown'''. The cobblestoned Shockoe Bottom area is rich in history, and well-worth the trip, if only to see one of the many Edgar Allan Poe houses in the Northeast. Though much of the area was washed out during Hurricane Isabel and Tropical Storm Gaston, the rebuilding continues.
*'''Hollywood Cemetery''', 412 S. Cherry Street. Located between the neighborhoods of Oregon Hill and Randolph on a bluff overlooking the James, Presidents Tyler and Monroe have their final resting places here. So does the locally renowned Jefferson Davis, and it's worth the trip through winding roads to see reverent Southerns laying flags on his grave. Also in the cemetery are Confederate Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart and local authors James Branch Cabell and Ellen Glasgow. The lines of small headstones marking the mass graves of Confederate dead is sobering and gratifying.
*<see name="Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden" alt="" address="1800 Lakeside Avenue " directions="
===The James River===
The section of the James River running through Richmond offers many opportunities for a day out. Due to Richmond's location at the fall line, the James River has many rapids right downtown which are great for white water rafting. The rapids are class III but may become class IV in the right weather conditions. The ones closest to downtown can be quite dangerous without an experienced guide. However, there are many smaller rapids just slightly upstream which can safely be run in a raft or innertube. One can travel at a lazy pace, stopping to repeat rapids or swim through quickly.
There are parks on both sides of the James River above downtown, but the Pony Pasture section of the James River park is an excellent place to begin a few hours on the rapids. Just make sure to pull out when you see a sign on the right side of the river with an arrow directing you to do so; otherwise you will have great difficulty on the larger rapids. The river is quite clean and mostly surrounded by woods for this section. Make sure to try the rope swing under one of the railroad bridges. Many people simply swim around in between the smooth rocks at Pony Pasture without leaving that section. There are excellent trails through the woods on both sides and this section is used for the XTERRA Triathalon in June.
Despite churning out a good number of internationally known rock, indie, metal, punk and R&B acts, many outsiders don't think of the former capital of the Confederacy as being a hotbed of diverse musical arts. However, largely thanks to the thriving arts scene associated with and around Virginia Commonweath University, Richmond has quite the music scene. Clubs offer a diverse selection of genres from rock, indie, metal, punk, hardcore, alternative, blues, jazz, jam, country and bluegrass. In addition to international and national acts that come through town, there is a vibrant (and often fiercely independent) local music scene which has spawned a good number of internationally renowned acts in recent years.
*'''The Camel''' 1621 West Broad Street, The Fan [http://www.thecamel.org] Hosts Jazz, jam, indie acts.
*'''The Canal Club''' 1545 East Cary Street, Shockoe Bottom [http://www.thecanalclub.com] 500 capacity club, featuring large stage upstairs and smaller stage downstairs. Hosts internationally known mainstream acts as well as local acts, mostly rock.
Many of Richmond's fine restaurants may be found in the historic district downtown called Shockoe Bottom.
*'''Mojos,''' 733 W Cary St. (The Fan, near VCU) mojotogo.com A self-described "Philadeli," the items to try are the cheesesteaks, the wings, and whatever the special happens to be. Also have good breakfast and reasonably-priced drinks. They deliver.
*'''Edo's Squid''', 411 N. Harrison St., 804-864-5488. Located on the second floor, above Stuffy's Subs, in the VCU area. Delicious Italian and seafood dishes. Moderate to expensive.
*'''Strawberry Street Cafe''', 421 N. Strawberry St., [http://www.strawberrystreetcafe.com/]. Wonderful.
*'''Panda Garden''' 948 W. Grace St., located in "The Fan". Used to be just vegan Asian cuisine.
*'''Cary St. Cafe''' [http://www.carystreetcafe.com/],"Bohemian cafe, with the tunes to match"... a dirty hippy bar.
*'''Have A Nice Day Cafe''', Nice atmosphere, but only for those 21 and older. bros everywhere.
*<drink name="Sin e' Irish Pub" alt="" address="1327 E Cary St (Shockhoe Slip)" directions="" phone="804.649.7767" url="http://www.sineirishpub.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Even our Irish regulars call this pub "authentic!" Located in a restored tobacco warehouse with architecture imported directly from the Emerald Isle. Delicious fish n' chips, shepard's pie. Live rock music on Fri & Sat.</drink>
*<drink name="Empire" alt="" address="727 W Broad St (The Fan near VCU)">A small but comfortable dive that has a reasonable selection of beers and liquors and a punk atmosphere with a touch of scene. The bathrooms are thoroughly tagged, the bartenders are all pierced and tattooed, the food is a bit better than standard bar fare, most people there are friendly and the prices are fairly low.</drink>
*<drink name="Rare Olde Times Irish Pub" alt="" address="10602 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23229" directions="" phone=" (804) 750-1346" url="http://
But as a place for friends and community to gather in an informal setting, pubs have become less well known.
Andy is a native of Dublin, Ireland and named the pub after a favorite song of his father’s.
* '''The Grace Manor Inn''', 1853 W. Grace Street, ''+1'' 804-353-4334 (fax: ''+1'' 804-353-0012), [http://www.thegracemanorinn.com/]. A delightful Richmond bed and breakfast.
* '''The Jefferson Hotel''', 101 West Franklin Street, ''+1'' 804-424-
* '''Maury Place at Monument''', 3101 West Franklin St, ''+1'' 804-353-2717, [http://www.mauryplace.com/]. Luxury Bed and Breakfast overlooking Monument Avenue.
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