Charlottesville, VA

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Charlottesville featuring a house, a park and forests

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

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 $100 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Barracks Road Shopping Center and University of Virginia. Downtown Mall and John Paul Jones Arena ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,134 reviews)
"So clean and new! Great Attention to detail."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA
Omni Charlottesville Hotel
Omni Charlottesville Hotel
4 out of 5
212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $125 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in North Downtown, this hotel is steps from Downtown Mall and Charlottesville Pavilion. Paramount Theater and Virginia Discovery Museum are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (969 reviews)
"Everything was great. Thanks to all of the staff."

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Omni Charlottesville Hotel
Graduate Charlottesville
Graduate Charlottesville
4 out of 5
1309 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA
The price is $103 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Venable, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rotunda, Charlottesville Pavilion, and Scott Stadium. Downtown Mall and Paramount Theater are also within ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (980 reviews)
"Excellent location staff was awesome."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Graduate Charlottesville
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.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlottesville Downtown, VA
Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlottesville Downtown, VA
3 out of 5
201 Monticello Ave, Charlottesville, VA
The price is $105 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in North Downtown, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charlottesville Pavilion and Downtown Mall. University of Virginia and Scott Stadium ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (234 reviews)
"The hotel was immaculate, nice location and airy dining area. But limited parking though the garage is an option. But you wouldn't know that until you try checking in. I was at the front desk with bags about to check in only to be told about the garage. So i had to repack my bags in the car and drive ..."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlottesville Downtown, VA
Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlottesville, VA
Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlottesville, VA
3 out of 5
2036 India Drive, Charlottesville, VA
The price is $121 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in the heart of Charlottesville, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Virginia, Downtown Mall, and John Paul Jones Arena. Scott Stadium ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (861 reviews)
"Fast check in. Clean rooms, yummy breakfast"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlottesville, VA
Historic Rugby Walk to All Things UVA
Historic Rugby Walk to All Things UVA
3 out of 5
803 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA
The price is $199 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Venable, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Virginia and John Paul Jones Arena. Scott Stadium and Downtown Mall are also within ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Nice little studio. Off street parking"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

Historic Rugby Walk to All Things UVA
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.

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