Welcome to Charlottesville and Albemarle County
Along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville and Albemarle County offer a unique experience in a picturesque setting! Adventure in the forms of hiking, biking, paddling and camping await you in our gorgeous great outdoors.
Make sure to toast to the area's most famous son, Thomas Jefferson. Today, his legacy lives at our two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the grounds of his home, Monticello, and at the University of Virginia.
For more in-depth suggestions of things to do and see, check out our Visit Charlottesville Blog.
Top Ten Reasons to Visit Charlottesville
The Monticello Artisan Trail
The Monticello Artisan Trail is a regional trailway that connects destinations including studios, galleries, farms, markets, local restaurants, lodging, and points of interest in Albemarle and Nelson Counties and the City of Charlottesville.
The Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Perfectly preserved and featuring spectacular camping and hiking options, the SNP is a must visit for any nature lover
Spectacular Virginia Wine
Experience varietals distinct to Virginia - Petit Verdot, Viognier and more. Each winery has its own unique tasting room. With over 20 Charlottesville area vineyards strewn throughout our beautiful area, you'll find yourself in vino heaven!
Virginia Craft Breweries
August is officially Virginia Craft Brew Month but we hope you're thirsty year 'round! Celebrate our sud-sation's by exploring our area's multiple award winning breweries. Click "read more" to see where to eat, drink and be merry!
Charlottesville is Thomas Jefferson’s town; Monticello is his home. The famous UNESCO World Heritage site is an architectural masterpiece that reflects its owner and his university. Step back in time with a tour of the house, grounds and gardens!
The Lawn & Rotunda
Originally Thomas Jefferson’s “Academical Village,” the Lawn and the Rotunda are iconic figures in American history. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Rotunda is a half-scale tribute to Rome’s Pantheon and offers free guided tours.
The Michie Tavern
Michie Tavern, located ½ mile below Jefferson’s Monticello, accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors can tour the grounds, browse the delightful shop and indulge in a delicious buffet.
The Historic Downtown Mall
The Downtown Mall attracts students, locals and visitors alike, creating a unique culture in the heart of town. Lined with shops, restaurants, art galleries and more, the Downtown Mall is Charlottesville’s hub for culture and entertainment.