At just over one million residents, Richmond is a very similarly sized city to my hometown (Tucson, AZ). It is big enough to offer culture and commerce without being hustle-and-bustle like the big city.
Richmond is a city of history and diversity. We were only there for a few short days so we didn't get a chance to stand in St. John's Church (where Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech) or to visit the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.
We did, however, venture out into the June sauna to explore Maymont, a 100-acre estate that features a children's farm, nature center, several gardens, and a mansion. The best part was watching the bears swim in the water.
We also had lunch at The Dairy Bar Restaurant, a retro diner in the museum district. The family-owned business has a menu full of kid-friendly fare - including sandwiches, milkshakes, hamburgers, and smiley-faced french fries. I especially appreciate that the owner makes a concerted effort to purchase ingredients from companies in the surrounding area.
Our favorite thing about the area, however, was hanging out with good friends. They toured us around and made us feel like locals. For example, we now fondly refer to the city as R-V-A (not "Richmond" - that's what the tourists say!).
Have you every been to Richmond? What did you like/not like about it?
What is the population of your town?
* Special thanks to the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau for providing passes for area attractions.