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Richmond Introduction


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Richmond, Virginia, is inextricably linked with the Civil War: It was once the capital of the Confederacy, and the area saw some particularly bloody battles. Richmond was also the meeting place for many patriots and a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Today Richmond houses a number of intriguing monuments and relics from its storied past: colonial-era buildings, Civil War monuments and southern plantations.   Click here to see the full Richmond travel guide on Travel42 »

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Richmond Geography


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When British novelist Charles Dickens toured the U.S. in 1842, he remarked on Richmond's physical layout. The city was, he said, "delightfully situated on eight hills, overhanging the James River; a sparkling stream, studded here and there with bright islands." Dickens' picturesque description is still accurate. The James River flows through Richmond, separating it into several distinct areas: Everything south of the river is conveniently called Southside. On the other side of the river, still within the city limits, you'll find the West End, which would probably be considered suburbia in any other city.   Click here to see the full Richmond travel guide on Travel42 »

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Richmond History


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Shortly after a settlement was established at Jamestown in 1607, a group of explorers led by Capt. John Smith sailed west on the James River in search of a passage to the Pacific Ocean. They stopped at the foot of the first rapids and placed a cross at the site that would later become Richmond. Several attempts were made to pass the rapids and falls in the early 1600s without success.   Click here to see the full Richmond travel guide on Travel42 »

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Richmond Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Much of the sightseeing in Richmond involves the city's colonial and Civil War history. Driving past the statues along Monument Avenue offers a glimpse of famous Confederate leaders—J.E.B. Stuart and Jefferson Davis, among others—as does a stroll through historic Hollywood Cemetery. There you'll find the graves of two U.S. presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler) and Confederate leaders (Stuart and Davis). The city is dotted with wonderful architecture, such as the Old City Hall and the State Capitol (designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson), and on the outskirts of town are grand plantations from the antebellum period.   Click here to see the full Richmond travel guide on Travel42 »

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Richmond Nightlife


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If you want to share a beer with Richmonders, head to the Fan District, which has bars on almost every corner of Main Street. These generally offer the most reasonable drink prices and the best bar food. If you're more into clubbing and hanging out with the young and the trendy, look to Shockoe Bottom, which has a dozen or more bars and clubs in an eight-block area. You won't pay a cover charge in Fan-area bars, but you may have to pay US$5 on weekend nights at the clubs in the Bottom. Most nigh...  Click here to see the full Richmond travel guide on Travel42 »

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Richmond Restaurants & Dining


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Although it may not have the reputation or the number of restaurants of a major culinary city, Richmond has plenty of good dining options. Very good Asian, French, Italian and Cuban eateries can be found throughout the city. Southern cooking is always a good bet, and seafood from the Chesapeake Bay is often featured and is always fresh.   Click here to see the full Richmond travel guide on Travel42 »

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