Site Visit | Richmond

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Because of its location between Virginia Beach and Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia, might be easy to overlook, but Frommer’s suggests giving this capital city a chance. The trusted guidebook named Richmond a top destination for 2014, a short list that only includes two other U.S. locations. Among the attractions that earned Richmond a spot on this list are its historic sites, farm-to-table dining, and the Class III and IV rapids of the James River (the only urban river in the country to boast such strong rapids). For planners, old meets new at the 700,000-sq.-ft. Greater Richmond Convention Center, with modern technology and amenities located in Richmond’s 400-year-old downtown. It has a 178,000-sq.-ft. exhibit hall and 30,550-sq.-ft. ballroom, both of which can be divided. It is also connected via skywalk to the 405-room Richmond Marriott. The GRCC is within walking distance of many museums and historic sites, such as Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. There are many family-friendly attractions for attendees who want to tack on a few pre- or post-conference days. Kings Dominion theme park with WaterWorks water park has 60 rides and water slides, including 15 roller coasters. Designed for kids and adults alike, the Science Museum of Virginia is in the remodeled 1919 Broad Street Station and includes hands-on exhibits and IMAX film presentations.