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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 7501,250,000 people.
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 (Virginia)/Central|Central]] The area includes [[Richmond (Virginia)/The Fan|The Fan]], Carytown and * [[Richmond (Virginia)/the Museum District|The Museum District& Carytown]].*[[Richmond (Virginia)/Downtown|Downtown]] Includes — includes Shockoe (split into Shockoe Bottom and Shockoe Slip), Jackson Ward and Tobacco Row.*[[Richmond (Virginia)/Near West End|Near West End]]*[[Richmond (Virginia)/West End|West End]]*[[Richmond (Virginia)/Southside|Southside]]*[[Richmond (Virginia)/Northside|Northside]]*[[Richmond (Virginia)/Southwest|Southwest]]*[[Richmond (Virginia)/East End|East End]]— includes Church Hill, Union Hill, Chimborazo, Fulton
'''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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==Get in==
===By car===
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 majar major roadways such as the Powhite Parkway (Route 76), the Chippenham Parkway (Route 150), and Route 288 connect Richmond to other areas such as Chesterfield and Midlothian.
===By train===
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.
'''Megabus''' [] offers service from [[Philadelphia]], [[Baltimore]], [[Washington, D.C.]], [[Raleigh]]/[[Durham (North Carolina)|Durham]], [[Charlotte]], and [[Hampton (Virginia)|Hampton]]. Buses arrive and depart at the Richmond Travel Plaza on E Main St across from Main St Station. Fares from $1 and up.
==Get around==
*'''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="Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is right off Interstate 95 and is convenient to Interstates 64 and 295. Located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, Va., the Garden sits at the corner of Lakeside Avenue and Hilliard Road. It is just minutes north of downtown Richmond and is close to many other area attractions, accommodations and dining. If you need help with directions, please call (804) 262-9887, ext. 300. From Downtown Richmond (I-95 North) On I-95 North take Exit 80, the Lakeside Avenue exit. Keep to the right and take the right at the first light onto Lakeside Avenue. (You'll see the brown Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sign.) Follow Lakeside Avenue. You will see the Garden entrance just after you cross the intersection at Lakeside Avenue and Hilliard Road. From Washington, D.C. (I-95 South) From I-95 South take Exit 83B, the Parham Road Rt. 73 West exit. (Right before this exit you will see the brown Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sign.) On Parham, quickly get into your far left lane. At the second stoplight, take a left onto Brook Road (also known as Route 1 South). At the third stoplight, take a right onto Lakeside Avenue. (At the light you will see a brown Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sign.) As you go down Lakeside Avenue, you will see the Garden entrance to your right just before you reach the Hilliard Road intersection. From Charlottesville (I-64 East) Come into Richmond on I-64 East. Get on to I-95 North to Washington, D.C. Follow directions for I-95 North. From Williamsburg (I-64 West) Come into Richmond on I-64 West. Get on I-95 North to Washington, D.C. Follow directions for I-95 North." phone="804-262-9887" url="" hours="The Garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. " price="Members are free; Adults $10, Children (3-12) $6, Children under 3 are free" lat="" long="">An oasis of year-round beauty and interest, the Garden has more than a dozen themed areas including a Rose Garden, a Healing Garden, Asian Valley, Historic Bloemendaal House and a Victorian-style garden, and a Children’s Garden – complete with wheelchair accessible Tree House and WaterPlay. The glass Conservatory is the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic. The Garden Shop offers distinctive items; dining is available in the Garden Café and Tea House. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a place to learn about plants, to marvel at nature, to relax, to take gardening classes, or to have a wedding or a business meeting. A wide variety of experiences are offered through its diverse gardens and facilities. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is consistently one of the most-visited attractions in the Richmond, Va., area. </see>
===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.
'''IMPORTANT SAFTEY SAFETY NOTE''' - due to the river's currents, sudden drop-offs and large (and sometimes hidden) rocks, it has been known to get the best of even those with years of experience. As serene as it may look in places within the city, many locals have stories about someone they know who got in trouble with the river due to not taking the proper precautions, even just a few feet from the river bank. Do not risk it: when rafting or tubing, '''always wear a life jacket'''. Do not wade or swim outside of areas known to be safe by locals, such as between the rocks at Pony Pasture. In addition, be aware of weather conditions, as the river is prone to severe flash flooding during rainstorms, which changes conditions very rapidly and without much warning.
===Live Music===
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.
*'''Alley Katz''' 10 Walnut Alley, Shockoe Bottom. [] Alley Katz has been the mainstay live music venue in the city for years. Located in an alley in Shockoe Bottom, they host touring acts as well as local acts in an intimate 400 capacity club. Check the venue website for age restrictions before going, as shows can vary between all ages, 18+ and 21+. No liquor, but plenty of beer (cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon are most popular), malted beverages and pizza by the slice for sale at very reasonable prices. Most shows are well under $20 per person. For a true RVA Alley Katz experience, attend a punk, hardcore or metal show during the summer - just don't expect to come out without being completely soaked in sweat (no AC in the venue) and beer.
*'''The Camel''' 1621 West Broad Street, The Fan [] Hosts Jazz, jam, indie acts.
*'''The Canal Club''' 1545 East Cary Street, Shockoe Bottom [] 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) 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.
*'''Baja Bean Co.'''1520 West Main Street (The Fan, near VCU) 804-257-5445. So Cal Mexican food in a relaxed setting. Largest Patio in the Fan, pool tables, games, music on weekends. Many daily specials will help you keep your budget in check. Self proclaimed #1 Tecate Bar in America
*'''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.
*'''The Roosevelt''', 623 N.25th Street, (804)658-1935. In historic [[Richmond/East End|Church Hill]]. Modern Southern and southern-inspired, with an all-Virginia wine list, regional beers, craft cocktails. []
*'''Strawberry Street Cafe''', 421 N. Strawberry St., []. Wonderful.
*'''Panda Garden''' 948 W. Grace St., located in "The Fan". Used to be just vegan Asian cuisine.
*'''Cary St. Cafe''' [],"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="" 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="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Having a long tradition as a centerpiece in people's lives, public houses have acted as hardware stores, "spirit groceries", undertakers, and in many other capacities.
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), []. A delightful Richmond bed and breakfast.
* '''The Jefferson Hotel''', 101 West Franklin Street, ''+1'' 804-424-81048014), []. Five star (Mobil), five diamond (AAA), this luxurious hotel is expensive but, if you have the money to spare, may well be worth it. There is considerable history in the place, from its founding in the 1890s by tobacco baron Lewis Ginter. Its expansive atrium once housed alligators, but no longer. Much of the space is decorated in red and green marble and the enormous main staircase inspired the famous scene in "Gone with the Wind." Lemaire, a five diamond restaurant, is attached.
* '''Maury Place at Monument''', 3101 West Franklin St, ''+1'' 804-353-2717, []. Luxury Bed and Breakfast overlooking Monument Avenue.
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