Located in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ranked in 2004 as the best place to live in the US, Charlottesville was named after the wife of George III and since its settlement in the eighteenth century, it has grown today to an independent city, famous for University of Virginia and home to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.
Despite the size of the city, Charlottesville provides numerous activities and entertainment opportunities for its inhabitants and visitors.
In Charlottesville, the natural landscape and the outdoor activities are very important and there are many aquatic sports practiced here – from swimming and fishing to sailing, kayaking, canoeing and tubing.
Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of President James Monroe, located on 1000 James Monroe Parkway Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, is a historic house museum where President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe of New York lived from 1799 to 1823.
The museum was opened in 1931 and nowadays it houses many special events, parties, meetings and even a summer music festival. The place offers plenty of examples of Early American and Victorian architecture, with an authentic view of nineteenth-century life.
Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, the founder of UVA and the third American president, has been a UNESCO World Heritage, together with the UVA, since 1987 and it is a neoclassical building, up on a 260 m high hill.
Located on East End of the Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, VA 22902, Virginia Discovery Museum is the perfect place for children aged 1 to 10. Here they can admire and learn from arts exhibits, science, nature and history.
Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall is both a pedestrian area with over 120 shops and 30 restaurants, placed in historic buildings around old Main Street Charlottesville, and home to a series of great entertainment opportunities in Virginia.
At the mall, there are plenty of options to spend your time off, for all ages. You can dine at a fine restaurant or enjoy a drink at a tea shop or café, you can also shop for whatever you want – you will find everything here, from clothing to decorative art.
There is also an ice skating arena, but probably the most visited venues are the Charlottesville Pavilion, where concerts take place, the Paramount theater and the Live Arts a community theater.
While in Charlottesville, you can also take a tour of the Monticello Wine Trail, there are 4 of them and you can visit one in a day trip or in a weekend. McGuffey Art Center might also be a tourist sight while being in Charlottesville. You can find it in the historic center of the city and you can visit it daily, except for Mondays, when it’s closed.