Charlottesville sits along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a picturesque setting of spectacular scenery, open spaces, vineyards and a rich presidential history. The history of Charlottesville is evident in every aspect of the town, not just in the historic sites and buildings but in the community itself. Combined with a vibrant art, music and cultural scene, it is this spirit that draws visitors from around the world to Charlottesville.
Explore the many historical attractions of Charlottesville. Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson and an architectural masterpiece. Take a historic tour of the house and gardens. Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe, lies adjacent to Monticello. The home is today a farm, museum and performance site for the arts. The Michie Tavern is a historic landmark where you can recreate 18th century tavern life, while enjoying a hearty meal. For a unique experience of Charlottesville’s culture visit the shops, galleries and restaurants of the Downtown Mall. Explore the Monticello Artisan Trail, a trailway through mountains and valleys of farms, markets, studios and galleries. An authentic experience of natural beauty and a great way to experience the areas art and culture.
The Great Outdoors
Charlottesville is not just about presidential history and historic sites. Just minutes from the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park, it is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Spend your days exploring nature by hiking miles of wilderness trails, horseback riding, tubing, kayaking, rafting and canoeing the James and Rivanna rivers, or simply birdwatching. Rise above the scenic vistas on a skydiving trip or hot air balloon adventure. As the temperature drops, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer first class skiing and snowboarding. Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains and escape to Shenandoah National Park, meander along Skyline Drive with spectacular views and raging waterfalls.
A big part of Charlotteville’s great outdoors are the many vineyards and orchards, with grapes, strawberries, cherries, peaches and apples just waiting to be sampled. The Monticello Wine Trails takes you through over 20 vineyards, with great tours and tastings available.
“Where has Nature spread so rich a mantle under the eye? mountains, forests, rocks, rivers. with what majesty do we there ride above the storms! How sublime to look down into the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain, thunder.” Thomas Jefferson 1786