Charlottesville is a southeastern hub of American history, culture, education, and indeed beauty. There are so many reasons you could visit Charlottesville, but we’ve decided to hit a few highlights. Why not consider one of these local icons next time you’re planning to visit Charlottesville…
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
There’s so much to do and see at Monticello—the house and gardens, guided tours, and more—we recommend the house tour and day pass to really make the most of your visit. Reserve one at Monticello’s day pass web page.
For a whimsical experience, consider a Sunset Pass (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through September 4).
Shenandoah National Park
If you love the outdoors, then Shenandoah National Park hiking should be high on your priorities list when you visit Charlottesville. When you venture out into Shenandoah, there seem to be endless possibilities: trails to follow, sounds to hear, vistas to view, nature to experience.
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Follow some trails and you’ll hear the destination before you get there: the park is home to several stunning waterfalls. Numerous overlooks provide panoramic views of wilderness you just don’t see anywhere else.
Check out the Shenandoah National Park Hiking Trails website to review the trail options and get insider tips on where to venture.
Historic Downtown Charlottesville
Historic Downtown Charlottesville, personified most often by the Historic Downtown Mall, is considered one of the finest urban parks in the country. When you visit you’ll find a lively collection of more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street.
Stretching along eight tree-lined blocks, the Mall is brick-paved, pedestrian-only mall also features two historic theaters and serves as a lively entertainment hub, including performances, movies, and ArtWalks.
University of Virginia
The gorgeous campus of the University of Virginia is based around the lawn designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. In fact, there’s a waiting list for a dorm room on the lawn; it’s considered a coveted honor. The lawn is lighted for the holidays in spectacular fashion, and it’s a beautiful place from which to study the university’s iconic architecture and watch the seasons change the landscape.
What’s more, college sports enthusiasts can’t deny the annual drama of ACC athletics, and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville is a fixture. A banner sport at UVA, the men’s Cavaliers soccer team is the defending national champ, winner of the College Cup. Catching a match at Klockner Field is sure to be a thrill. The spring exhibition schedule is currently on. Learn more and buy tickets at the team web page.
When you come to Charlottesville, the best place to stay is at Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, our historic property with rolling acres of grounds and gardens. You’ll experience a taste of regional history in our cottages and rooms, and a taste of regional cuisine when you dine at our restaurant. Don’t forget to download our free area vacation guide!