Earlier this year Richmond, Virginia was voted a top destination by respected travel guide Frommers. It was one of only three U.S. cities to make the list, and with a little research, it’s easy to understand why. First, there’s the region’s exploding beer scene, which in recent years has swelled to over a dozen independently owned craft breweries. Then there’s the city’s rising culinary status, which features farm-to-table restaurants with authentic southern flair.

But even more important is the city’s ever-growing outdoor culture, also cited by Frommers as one of Richmond’s attractions. Outdoor highlights in Richmond include paddling the James River, mountain biking the James River Park System, and road biking Riverside Drive. The area also provides access to public lands like Pocahontas State Park, Richmond National Battlefield, the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, and the Appomattox River Conservation Area.

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Did you know? Every year from May to September, the grounds of Pocahontas State Park come alive with a lively and energetic concert series known as Pocahontas Premiers. You’ve still go time to check out the two remaining shows, which will feature a Led Zeppelin tribute band and the Richmond Symphony.

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