Web: visitrichmondva.com and visitcharlottesville.org The lowdown: These two up-and-coming cities are filled with history and culture. See: Charlottesville's Downtown Mall is an open-air bazaar of food, shopping and entertainment. Do: Stroll through different neighborhoods as you sample the city's cuisine on The Real Richmond Food Tours. Eat: Grab a panini or salad for lunch at Feast, an artisanal cheese shop in Charlottesville, or taste the South at the historic Hanover Tavern in Hanover, near Richmond. Drink: Pick from dozen of beers, cocktails and wines at Miller's Downtown in Charlottesville. All beer is half-price during "Halffy Hour," 8-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Cheap: The free "Fridays after Five" concert series features regional acts at Charlottesville's NTelos Pavilion, the same venue where acts such as Wiz Khalifa and Drive-by Truckers play.
Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau