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CharlottesvilleUnited States of America

Experience the Virginian wilderness surrounding this enchanting university town. Join a walking tour to see historic colonial architecture.

The charming university town of Charlottesville is steeped in history, culture and prestige. It is surrounded by vineyards and fertile horse country and was home to two U.S. presidents. Since 1819 the town has grown around the University of Virginia. Today Charlottesville has a population of 43,000 residents who are passionate about their local community.

Located in the heart of the Civil War battlefields, the town is home to many important sites from the war. Join a downtown walking tour to discover historic attractions. Walk past colonial-era homes and Jefferson-style architecture. Throughout the tour you’ll be shown key sites from the lives of two presidents who lived here: Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. See Jefferson's house and gardens at the Monticello estate. Monroe's home is at Ash Lawn-Highland.

After the tour, spend time in the pedestrianized Downtown Mall area to sample local cuisine from a range of restaurants, delis and cafés. Barbecue is incredibly popular in Virginia, particularly in the summer when the smell of grilling meat wafts through town. If you are looking for after-dinner entertainment, consider attending a show at the Paramount Theater.

Explore the University of Virginia campus by signing up for a guided tour. Thomas Jefferson founded the prestigious university; its alumni include the author Edgar Allan Poe and comedian Tina Fey. The university area is a lively entertainment precinct where students congregate after dark. Make new friends as you drink in a cozy bar.

Charlottesville is well connected by Amtrak trains and an airport is located just 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of the town center. Renting a car is a good way to see farther afield but during your stay in the town you can walk or catch a bus to all the major attractions. Take a drive through the horse country that surrounds Charlottesville to discover wineries and independent farms. In fall the region is known for its spectacular palette of colors and excellent photo opportunities.

Where to stay in Charlottesville

Charlottesville showing landscape views, tranquil scenes and farmland

North Downtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(76 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in North Downtown, Downtown Mall and Paramount Theater are top sights worth seeing.

North Downtown
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Jefferson Park Avenue

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

While visiting Jefferson Park Avenue, you might make a stop by sights like Scott Stadium and Corner district.

Jefferson Park Avenue
When the world shows you it's true colors...

Barracks Road

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

While Barracks Road might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like John Paul Jones Arena and Downtown Mall.

Barracks Road

Top Hotels in Charlottesville

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA
3 out of 5
1600 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA
The price is $87 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Klockner Stadium, University of Virginia, and John Paul Jones Arena. Downtown Mall is 2.8 mi (4.4 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,358 reviews)

"Clean, Covid cleaning and procedures in place for safety. King sized bed was uncomfortable and pillows could be upgraded to something also more comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA
Hyatt Place Charlottesville
Hyatt Place Charlottesville
3 out of 5
2100 Bond Street, Charlottesville, VA
The price is $101 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Barracks Road Shopping Center, University of Virginia, and John Paul Jones Arena. Fashion Square ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (957 reviews)

"We had a wonderful experience during our stay at Hyatt Place Charlottesville. The hotel was clean and the room was quite spacious. The staff were all kind, gracious, and most accommodating. Their customer service was excellent! We would definitely stay here again should we travel back to ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2020

Hyatt Place Charlottesville
Boar's Head Resort
Boar's Head Resort
4 out of 5
200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA
The price is $155 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

This family-friendly Charlottesville hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Birdwood Golf Course, University of Virginia and John Paul Jones ...

4.4/5Excellent! (597 reviews)

"This is simply one of the best hotels in the USA. Between the"…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Boar's Head Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Charlottesville

Staybridge Suites Charlottesville Airport
Staybridge Suites Charlottesville Airport
3 out of 5
3060 Laurel Park Lane, Charlottesville, VA
The price is $109 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Fashion Square Mall, University of Virginia, and John Paul Jones Arena. Downtown Mall and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (101 reviews)

"Social happy hour was cool. No vegetarian options at breakfast beside yogurt, muffins or danishes."…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Staybridge Suites Charlottesville Airport
Experience Charlottesville With Charm
Experience Charlottesville With Charm
Charlottesville, VA

Located in Belmont, this condo building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Virginia Discovery Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Virginia and Downtown Mall. Migration: ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
New and clean space with sunny balcony!

"Stacie's place is super clean and comfortable. Friendly neighbors. Stacie was super responsive to any questions we had. Thank you Stacie!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Experience Charlottesville With Charm
The Mett? Highpoint- An Elevated Stay
The Mett? Highpoint- An Elevated Stay
Charlottesville, VA

Situated in Charlottesville, this condo building is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Aboriginal Art Museum and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Downtown Mall. Sentara Martha Jefferson ...

The Mett? Highpoint- An Elevated Stay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Charlottesville

University of Virginia
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University of Virginia

4.5/5(682 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Virginia, a top college in Charlottesville. Experience the area's acclaimed theater scene or attend a sporting event.

Monticello
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Monticello

4.5/5(394 reviews)

You may recognise this elegant plantation estate, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, from its depiction on the back of some U.S. nickels.

Wintergreen Resort
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Wintergreen Resort

4.5/5(79 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Wintergreen Resort, a top ski area in Nellysford. Discover the mountain views and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Downtown Mall
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Downtown Mall

4.5/5(510 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Downtown Mall, a popular shopping spot in Charlottesville. Wander around the area's the college campus or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Bold Rock Hard Cider Nellysford Cidery
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Bold Rock Hard Cider Nellysford Cidery

4.5/5(6 reviews)

You can take time to visit Bold Rock Hard Cider Nellysford Cidery during your travels to Nellysford. Discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area.

Charlottesville Pavilion
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Charlottesville Pavilion

4.5/5(31 reviews)

You can make plans for a show at Charlottesville Pavilion on your trip to Charlottesville. Discover the area's acclaimed theater scene and shops.

Top things to do in Charlottesville

"The British Are Coming" Escape Room
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"The British Are Coming" Escape Room

$25
Per adult
Edgar Allan Poe Escape Room
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Edgar Allan Poe Escape Room

$25
Per adult
Charlottesville Scavenger Hunt: Cheers, Charlottesville
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Charlottesville Scavenger Hunt: Cheers, Charlottesville

$20
Per adult
Charlottesville Scavenger Hunt: University of Virginia
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Charlottesville Scavenger Hunt: University of Virginia

$20
Per adult
Charlottesville Scavenger Hunt: Centuries of Charlottesville
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Charlottesville Scavenger Hunt: Centuries of Charlottesville

$20
Per adult
Private Wine Tours
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Private Wine Tours

$75
Per adult

Reviews of Charlottesville

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

This particular trip we were just passing through but I have spent some time in Charlottesville before and it is a lovely area.

4/5 - Good

Jon

May 24, 2020

One of my favorite towns. Walkable, overall quiet, plenty to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 24, 2020

im a nurse coming in from working and needed the break.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 18, 2020

I enjoy working here and am still learning the area, interesting, eclectic, diverse people. I liked the choices for shopping and food

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

It was great stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

Lots of natural beauty, great wineries in the area, good place to visit

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