Amherst is located some 140 miles (225 kilometers) from Washington, the capital of the United States of America, and about 45 miles (72 kilometers) from Charlottesville.
You don't have to limit your sightseeing to the attractions of Amherst because the whole region has been endowed with a wealth of wonderful sights and attractions. Buena Vista, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the southeast, and Appomattox, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northwest of Amherst are also waiting to be discovered.
Lynchburg, is another interesting place to head to. It is around 13 miles (21 kilometers) from Amherst and offers a number of interesting visitor attractions, such as Lynchburg College, Candlers Station and Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest and Liberty University are some more popular places worth visiting for those who would like to spend a while longer there.
Spend a few hours exploring Central Virginia's history museums. These are great destinations to explore, especially on unpleasant days.
If you are looking for a break from sightseeing, why not try the local watersports? Swimming and canoeing are available in the area. Specialized tours are a fascinating way to experience the special places. So why not join one of the winery tours.
If you intend on traveling by air, take into account that the nearest major airport is Lynchburg Regional Airport, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the southwest of Amherst.