The Robert E. Lee Memorial Bridge in Richmond, Virginia carries U.S. Route 1 and U.S. Route 301 across the James River at the Fall Line. The city acquired the original bridge from Richmond Bridge Corp in 1933, and it was named the James River Bridge but was later renamed for the Confederate general.
The Manchester Bridge (9th Street) in downtown Richmond, Virginia boasts some of the most spectacular views of any city anywhere, including of ruins, the beautiful James River, and unmatched urban wildlife.
There aren’t many cities, none in fact, where you can kayak and raft class III and IV rapids in an urban setting. Richmond is the only place in the country where you can run the rapids, pull out and walk to a downtown brewery, bar or restaurant.
A bench view of bridges spanning James River in Richmond, Virginia
A team effort to navigate the rapids on James River, Richmond, Virginia