Frequently listed among the best places to live in the U.S., Charlottesville is also a great place to visit. Whether you love food, history, the arts, or the great outdoors, Charlottesville has it all. 

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Local Historic Sites

Charlottesville is rich with history. In addition to Jefferson, the area was home to Presidents James Madison and James Monroe. The University of Virginia, which Jefferson founded and designed, is (along with Monticello) a World Heritage site and an architectural masterpiece.

Restaurants & Wineries

The Charlottesville area boasts over 200 restaurants and 21 wineries. From fine French cuisine to affordable good eats, there's something for all tastes and budgets.

Lodging

There are scores of hotels, motels, B&Bs, and campgrounds in the Charlottesville area at a range of prices. Most are within 10-15 minutes of Monticello.

Entertainment

From the great outdoors to festivals that celebrate books and movies, there's something for everyone in Charlottesville.

For Kids

Traveling with children? Take a break from history and enjoy the area's family fun.

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