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Published on Oct 23, 2007
This video was taken during our fall vacation in Virginia on October 4, 2007. We decided to visit the capital of Virgina, a city with a metro area population of about 1.2 million people. Our drive from Massanutten was about 2 hours, and our first stop in the city was the Convention and Visitors Centre. We got decked out with all sorts of maps and brochures and I quickly video-interviewed one of the representatives of the tourism department to get an idea of the city.
I figured the best place to start the exploration would be right downtown near City Hall. Most of Richmond's downtown is made up of modern skyscrapers that are interspersed with a few historical buildings. The main sight in the area is of course the Capitol Building which we visited through its newly constructed underground entrance and exhibit area. I also checked out the Main Street Station, a historical railway station that has recently undergone a stunning renovation. We walked through Shockoe Slip, a neighbourhood of former tobacco warehouses from the Victorian era that have now been turned into lofts, retail stores and restaurants. We also walked down to the canal area, close to the James River, an area that has recently been undergoing a rejuvenation.
We also briefly drove across the James River to catch a great view of the downtown Richmond skyline and then headed west into a picturesque residential neighbourhood called "The Fan", so-called because the streets are laid out in a fan-shaped pattern. Our last stop was Carytown, a commercial strip in the city's west end with a variety of unique stores.
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