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

English Inn of Charlottesville
English Inn of Charlottesville
3 out of 5
2000 Morton Drive, Charlottesville, VA, 22903
The price is $94 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
$94
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Charlottesville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,111 reviews)
"The property overall was very friendly and you could see the nice upgrades. In the morning the breakfast was delicious. They had an omelet that was marvelous. The part of the visit was the night clerk. She had an excellent personality and great customer service skills. I don't remember her name but ..."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

English Inn of Charlottesville
Omni Charlottesville Hotel
Omni Charlottesville Hotel
4 out of 5
212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA, 22903
The price is $139 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$139
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Charlottesville. Enjoy free parking, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Great location. Excellent room that was clean. Staff took care of our needs."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Omni Charlottesville Hotel
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, 22901
The price is $97 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$97
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Charlottesville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
Nice stay
"Stay was great - room showed a little wear and tear (to be expected). Shower was slow to drain. The table in between the two beds had an outlet strip on each side - the right side didn’t work. Breakfast was good. Every day there were different hot options, along with the usual waffles, cereal, yogurt, ..."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA
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.
The Metta Grotto- An All Embracing Warmth
The Metta Grotto- An All Embracing Warmth
Charlottesville, Virginia
Stay at this apartment in Charlottesville. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Corner District and The Fralin Museum of Art are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great UVA overnight
"Clean and comfortable with fantastic location for UVA events"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

The Metta Grotto- An All Embracing Warmth
Located In Trendy downtown Belmont, Easy Walk To Downtown Mall,UVA. Pet friendly
Located In Trendy downtown Belmont, Easy Walk To Downtown Mall,UVA. Pet friendly
Charlottesville, VA
Stay at this vacation home in Charlottesville. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and limo/town car service. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
Wonderful!!
"The Belmont is absolutely wonderful!! Loved the neighborhood! Within walking distance of the downtown mall and wonderful restaurants/breweries."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Located In Trendy downtown Belmont, Easy Walk To Downtown Mall,UVA. Pet friendly
Family-Friendly 1830s Cville Row House Near Downtown Mall, UVA, & Monticello
Family-Friendly 1830s Cville Row House Near Downtown Mall, UVA, & Monticello
Charlottesville, VA
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Charlottesville. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (20 reviews)
Great spot in Downtown Charlottesville
"We stayed for a weekend while in town for a wedding. Great location - we enjoyed being walkable to so many things"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Family-Friendly 1830s Cville Row House Near Downtown Mall, UVA, & Monticello
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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