Richmond City Skyline


Photo Spot Summary

Country: United States

Category: Cityscape

State: Virginia

City: Richmond

GPS Latitude: 37.527668

GPS Longitude: -77.444839


The map directions will lead you to a small parking lot next to an overpass for the 9th Street Bridge. If you walk under the overpass, there is a set of stairs that lead you up to the center of 9th street. You will be on a walkway that can take you clear across the bridge. I took this photo from the mid-point of the bridge, looking towards the city.

Photo Spot Details

There are a number of vantage points for the city skyline all along the southern shore of the James River, but the 9th street bridge is the only dead-on location for a city shot. I have to be honest, I’m a Richmond native and I don’t find the skyline to be very photogenic, but this shot is worth taking if only for the fun experience of being in the middle of a highway over the James River.

Best Times & Gear

The sun rises behind the city so I’d recommend a sunset shot so you can get some good light on the buildings. You could also go for a night shoot, like the one in this post, which will give you more time to work. I can’t say how long the lights on the buildings stay lit so plan on visiting shortly after sunset.

Reader Interactions


  1. Will
    November 6, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I will be spending Feb and March in Richmond. Hoping to get a few night shots. Thanks for all the info

  2. Hudson Hoen
    August 4, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    From that parking lot, if you follow signs to the Floodwall Trail and turn east (down-river), you will shortly come to a wonderful location for shooting the city skyline with the river in the foreground. I’ve shot there several times during sunset and after, and the city lights reflecting in the river are striking.

  3. Jason Smooth
    February 25, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Thanks Eddie! I’m up visiting from Orlando, FL and I waneed to take advantage of the sunny day today.

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