Richmond zips away from its sleepy southern past with a blend of modern culture, cuisine, and international sport.
Between September 19-27, professional cyclists race in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships along the same streets and James River-skirting trail that lure leisure cyclists (rent wheels from Riverside Outfitters).
The food scene goes “beyond ‘where can I get crab cakes?’ to noodle houses, pie shops, and breweries,” says Maureen Egan of Real Richmond Food Tours. Try Blue Bee Cider or L’Opossum’s South-meets-France bistro fare (ham escargot biscuits, lavender grits).
For visual feasts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts boasts a collection of 21st-century art from around the world (free general admission, open late Thursday and Friday nights).
This piece, written by Jennifer Barger, appeared in the August/September 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.