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You're Going to Love Richmond

Elegant, distinguished and proud of its long history, Richmond, VA, is an exceptional destination for an urban getaway. Virginia's largest city and state capital has something for everyone, from live music to great food, unique shopping experiences and plenty of historical sights.

If you want to explore the history of the USA, Richmond is a good place to start. Learn about the Civil War at the American Civil War Center, visit the long-term home of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America's greatest writers, and marvel at the State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson himself.

Then again, you don't need to love history to be enchanted by Richmond. Shoppers can lose themselves in the boutiques and specialty stores of Carytown. Sports lovers can raft, kayak, bike or hike along the James River. Music fans can attend major festivals like the Richmond Jazz Festival or head to local venues like the Canal Club.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in the past or enjoy a vibrant modern city, Richmond has what you need.

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When to Visit Richmond

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Those in the know say that spring and fall are Richmond's best seasons. Summer can become uncomfortably hot and humid, and the amusement parks will be crammed with local people and vacationers. April, May, October, and November are usually ideal, with warm weather, cheaper accommodation and much smaller crowds.

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Where to Stay in Richmond

If you have the means, no hotel in town can match the Jefferson Hotel, which offers a 5-star accommodation experience and stunning interior architecture. Failing that, other luxury options include Maury Place and the Grace Manor Inn, while slightly lower down the price scale you might want to look at the DoubleTree or the Ramada Plaza Richmond West. There's even a hosteling international hostel in town, which offers cheap dorm beds in a convenient location.

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Shopping is one of Richmond's major attractions. The city's independent retail scene is centered around Carytown, to the west of the city center. Here you'll find all kinds of small stores, including fashion boutiques like Phoenix or Fabrik, accessories stores like Schwarzschild Jewelers and specialty stores like For the Love of Chocolate or Carytown Dolls & Bears. There's a huge selection in the area, so check the list of local vendors before you visit to avoid missing out.

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In general, the cost of living in Richmond is lower than average. You can expect to pay around $2.70 for 12 eggs and $1.40 for a pound of tomatoes - making self-catering an attractive option if you want to save money. Good places to shop for essentials include supermarkets like Ellwood Thompson's (an upscale grocery store) along Kroger and Walmart.

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Where to Eat in Richmond

Richmond has a wildly diverse dining scene, from authentic southern home cooking to French and Japanese cuisine. If local seafood is your thing, don't miss the Rappahannock Oyster Company. Julep's serves the best southern meat and seafood in town (and great mint juleps!), while Edo's Squid is a great Italian trattoria and Sidewalk Cafe is a wonderful budget eatery. A good meal shouldn't cost more than $20, and it's easy to find excellent food for much less.

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