Even though I live in one of the most amazing places in the world and have serious FOMO any time I leave, every now and then I do get the urge to get off the island and explore the realm outside NYC. Recently, I did just that and took a short train trip south to the charming city of Richmond, VA.
Not only is Richmond a delightful place in its own right, with tree-lined roads and wrap-around porches, but it's also a hotbed of amazingly beautiful street art, which is why it was on my radar in the first place. For the past 5 years, the city has been covering its public walls with art, in large part due to the efforts of the Richmond Mural Project, and the results have been nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Featuring works created by internationally-renowned artists in a phenomenal outdoor gallery of amazingness is reason enough to make Richmond, Virginia a world-class city and just might be the perfect weekend getaway for us East Coasters.
PIXEL PANCHO, hailing from Italy, has a few walls in town, like this animatronic canine and outer space selfie-love wall.
If you are planning a trip to the River City (RVA), a great resource is the Richmond Mural Project Website, which lists all addresses for the walls from the past 5 years. If you are looking for that awesome D*FACE wall or a friendly smile from SONNI, I would start there first. From there, get lost and explore all that is Richmond. The locals are happy to share their city and a smile as I quickly learned. You are certain to find some hidden treasure around every corner. Trust me. You won't be disappointed.