Richmond, VA: A Weekend Rich in Fun under the Sun


It was a great coincidence that my work brought me to Charlottesville because my first cousin lived less than two hours away in Richmond, the State Capital of Virginia.

The best thing about the city is that one need not go far to find ocean (Virginia Beach is 4 hours away), mountains (the Blue Ridge Mountain and the Shenandoah Valley is just a few hours drive), Washington D.C. (about 3 hours), rapids (James River flows through the city itself), wineries (Monticello Wine Trail is not too far away), and theme parks (Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion are within the area).


Richmond, VA 2009


Belle Isle

A one of a kind foot and bike path, suspended by wires below the Lee Bridge, will take one across the James River to Belle Isle. Belle Isle serves as a retreat for the city dwellers. Located just within the city, kayakers, bikers, hikers, bird-watchers and sun chasers congregate here to enjoy the great outdoors.


Suspension Bridge, Richmond, 2009 

Belle Isle 2009


James River

Get wet and wild at James River. It has a variety of rapids suitable for first time and experienced rafters alike. 


James River 2009


Busch Gardens Amusement Park

Enjoy the  thrill of breathtaking and heart pumping rides in a European flair at Busch Gardens. There are shows, concerts, and other attractions to suit everyone’s taste no matter what age. Not too far from Richmond, it is located off I-64 East at exit 199 in Williamsburg.


Busch Garden 2009


Busch Garden


Richmond served as my weekend hideaway during the whole training period and a gateway to other destinations. I flew from the Richmond International Airport to visit my brother in Kansas. It is one more place that I will always hold dear.





~ by Happy Sole on April 30, 2010.

3 Responses to “Richmond, VA: A Weekend Rich in Fun under the Sun”

  1. u got great pictures here! Nice! 🙂

  2. […] a full day at Washington D.C. or a thrilling ride at Busch Gardens, head to the beach and stay the night at one of the many oceanfront hotels at the Virginia Beach […]

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