Charlottesville

United States of America

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Explore Charlottesville: its university life, live music, entertainment, and more!

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.

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Universities, Wineries and Live Music

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Where to stay in Charlottesville

North Downtown
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North Downtown

While visiting North Downtown, you might make a stop by sights like Virginia Discovery Museum and Downtown Mall.

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Top Hotels in Charlottesville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA
3 out of 5
1600 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA
$99/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,323 reviews)

"Great place to stay in Charlottesville. Nice hotel with nice rooms and enjoyed my 1 night stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA
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Omni Charlottesville Hotel
4 out of 5
212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA
$143/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.4/5Excellent! (1,144 reviews)

"Very close to the market and great shopping and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2019

Omni Charlottesville Hotel
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English Inn of Charlottesville
3 out of 5
2000 Morton Drive, Charlottesville, VA
$103/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.3/5Excellent! (1,368 reviews)

"Wonderful experience in English Inn of Charlottesville. The location is excellent."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

English Inn of Charlottesville

Popular things to do in Charlottesville

Monticello
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Monticello

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

Top activities in Charlottesville

Charlottesville City Tour
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Charlottesville City Tour

$150

Experience the highlights and secrets of Charlottesville. Take a casual tour of the city including historical sites, University of Virginia, and exciting new areas.

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

$25

Itinerary A unique escape room with Charlottesville historical themes. Duration: 1 hour Location: Unlocked History Escape Rooms, 1717 Allied Lane Suite 1B, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Taste of Charlottesville Food Tour
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Taste of Charlottesville Food Tour

$59

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Taste of Virginia Food Tours, Charlottesville, VA 22963 We start with Draft Taproom- they have 60 beers and ciders available by the ounce, self-pouring system.

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