Charlottesville is a university-centric city in the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Located along the Rivanna River, the area is famous for its wine and beer tours, buzzing music scene and historic landmarks.
Things to do
History enthusiasts can visit Jefferson’s Monticello to learn about the life of Thomas Jefferson. Stroll through the plantation grounds, gardens and cemetery, then join a tour through the interior to see the architectural exhibits located throughout the house, displays on education and antique furniture.
Tour the University of Virginia to admire its historic significance as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the grounds while remarking on the Jeffersonian architecture, relax and unwind on the grassy Lawn and admire the towering Rotunda, measuring half the height and width of the Pantheon in Rome.
For a dose of history, head to James Monroe’s Highland, the historic site of the fifth president of the United States. Take a guided tour through the estate and see the Louis XVI desk, his bedroom displaying the bureau made for him during his first term as president and the drawing room with a historic French mantel clock.
Relax and unwind with a glass of vino at Jefferson Vineyards. Enjoy private tastings of quality Virginia wines, take home a souvenir wine glass and watch free outdoor concerts during summer. These vineyards are also where Thomas Jefferson and Philip Mazzei initiated the American wine revolution.
Charlottesville is served by Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, located approximately 10 minutes from downtown. The city is well connected by city buses, while the easiest way to get around is by car.