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Best Things To Do in Charlottesville

Charlottesville is the perfect place to explore our nation's past (at Monticello or Ash Lawn-Highland, homes of some of the first presidents of the United States) or our nation's future (at the University of Virginia, where some of the country's brightest students matriculate). Or you could just relish in the here and now. To do so, we'd recommend taking a scenic trip through Skyline Drive, about 40 miles away in the Shenandoah National Park, or taking a boozy tour of one of the vineyards on the Monticello Wine Trail.

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#1
The Downtown Pedestrian Mall Free attraction
Shopping, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Charlottesville's popular shops, restaurants and ambience converge in one main area, known as the Downtown Pedestrian Mall. Located, as ... read more»

#2
University of Virginia Free attraction
Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: A little trivia for you: the University of Virginia is the only university in the United States to be designated ... read more»

#3
Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive
Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Just ask any recent, frequent or long-time-ago visitor, and they'll tell you the same: Taking the leisurely Skyline Drive ... read more»

#4
Monticello
Historic Homes/Mansions, Tours | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Monticello is more than just Thomas Jefferson's former living quarters; it's also an architectural masterpiece. First-time visitors are ... read more»

#5
The Glass Palette-Interactive Glass Art Studio
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Previous visitors describe The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Studio as a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. It's especially ... read more»

#6
Ash Lawn-Highland
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Did you know that James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson were neighbors? It's true -- and while many delight in learning ... read more»

#7
Jefferson Vineyards
Wineries/Breweries | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Jefferson Vineyards is one of Charlottesville's premier wineries for several reasons. One, its heritage (commissioned by Thomas Jefferson who ... read more»

#8
Blenheim Vineyards
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: In 2000, Dave Matthews (of the Dave Matthews Band) and his family purchased some Piedmont region farmland. His original purpose ... read more»

#9
Michie Tavern
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Michie Tavern certainly has nostalgia in its favor. Originally erected in Earlysville, Va. in the late 1700s, it was the ... read more»

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