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the richmond region

About the Richmond Region

RVA is one of the country’s hottest travel markets

So you’ve never really been to Richmond? Don’t know much about it? Well, here’s a quick overview.

  • Richmond is the capital of Virginia, and it’s in the center of the state. It’s within a day’s drive of half the US population, at the intersection of I-95 and I-64. 
  • Richmond International Airport serves all the major airlines. It’s 8 miles from downtown Richmond – and it’s the second most efficient airport in the US and Canada for its size group.
  • The population is 1.3 million – but it never really feels crowded. 
  • The region has 18,000-plus hotel rooms of all types and prices.
  • This is a place for people who love the outdoors, with rapids running through our downtown, and the Virginia Capital Trail running alongside our river. 
  • We’re home to the country’s #1 public art school, and the whole region has a strong creative culture, from murals on buildings to performing arts to makers of all types.
  • There are stories at every corner here. Among the highlights: the Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson, the church where Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death,” the birthplace of religious freedom, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum (featuring regular Unhappy Hours) and the ad agency that created the Geico caveman. 

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