A Bird's Eye View of RVA
Upon several visits to the OD (observation deck, for those not in the know), it is apparent that this perfect (and free!) watch tower is going unnoticed by most. Open to the public, most visitors are clad in business suits, taking their break from the offices floors below. Civilians seem a rarity.
A couple of slow laps around the circumference, and it is possible to the see Richmond in most of its entirety. Cars moving like toys across small roads and bridges, the top of the John Marshall Hotel feeling as though it's within reach, and the Coliseum resting nearby like a discarded Frisbee. The view, however, doesn't diminish the majesty of the river city--it allows one to just step back (or up, as the case may be), and realize how quickly the world is moving outside, and how simple it is to take a break from it.
City Hall is located at 900 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA. Hours for the observation deck are Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The observation deck can be accessed through any elevator by hitting the "OD" button that takes you to the top, 18th floor.