Across E Main St a half-block from Main Street Station, we'll see our first mural, one of obvious and hidden faces. Then it's west to the Canal Walk and 12 murals, from abstracts to fanciful characters to landscapes, a message in plumbing, human arrows, and a trolly from yesteryear. Heading back east into Shockoe Bottom, we'll encounter animals as patterns, sinuous lines forming objects and creatures, a witch aloft, and a metamorphosis in red. It's a 2-ish mile walk that takes 1-1/2 hours or less.
Restored in 1999, Richmond's 1-1/4 mile Canal Walk offers concert venues, boat rides, restaurants, shops, offices and apartments and condominiums. Just east of downtown, Shockoe Slip and adjacent Shockoe Bottom boast some of Richmond's most lively and appealing nightlife, dining, and entertainment options. The Bottom's Tobacco Row of warehouses has been repurposed into residences with industrial chic. Amidst the modernity, history abounds, from the site of the Civil War's infamous Libby Prison to the city's oldest house, now The Poe Museum.
The Canal Walk/Shockoe Slip/Shockoe Bottom Mural Walk starts at the corner of E Main St and S 15th St, a half-block west of Main Street Station, whose parking page shows a number of nearby public parking options. With a bit of luck, you can find a spot on E Cary St. Otherwise, the best bet is 1543 E Main St Parking, directly across from the main entrance to Main Street Station. Other good options are the 15th and Cary Lot at 1422 E Cary St, and the Parkway 1504 E Cary St Lot. There's also the 14th and Cary Parking Garage at 1410 E Cary St.