Best Towns in America to Visit for 2024 Were Just Named. This Southern Charmer Topped The List.


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Richmond, Virginia was just named the best town in America to visit by CNN. Towns were ranked based on numerous offerings to visitors, including food and beverage, attractions, nightlife, culture, and interesting spots.

Richmond got high marks for cultural attractions, dining and drinks, and beautiful neighborhoods. They note its more than 30 breweries and buzzing food scene, as well as tons of festivals and events

History and Culture

Dive into the city’s rich history by exploring landmarks such as The Poe Museum, Virginia Holocaust Museum, and Virginia State Capitol. Steeped in history, Richmond played a pivotal role during the American Civil War and is home to significant historical sites. 

Don’t miss the chance to visit St. John’s Episcopal Church, where Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech in 1775. 

Lastly, the city’s oldest market, the 17th Street Farmer’s Market, has been in continuous operation for over 275 years.

Outdoor Adventures

If you love the outdoors, you’ll enjoy the James River, dotted with parks like Pocahontas State Park, Belle Isle, and the Virginia Capital Trail. 

The James River Park System provides free trail access for activities as well as fishing, bird watching, and mountain biking. 

Check out locally owned Riverside Outfitters for guided rafting and tubing adventures.

Art and Food

Art aficionados should stop by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, known for its impressive collections, including the renowned Fabergé Egg collection. 

Richmond’s thriving food scene will leave you with plenty of choices, from rooftop restaurants to local breweries and coffee cooperatives. Must-visit spots include Byrdhouse, The Daily Kitchen & Bar, and Lamplighter Coffee.

Learn more at Visit Richmond.