- Type: Historic Homes/Mansions, Tours
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Monticello is more than just Thomas Jefferson's former living quarters; it's also an architectural masterpiece. First-time visitors are amazed by the majesty of the mansion and the grounds; frequent guests like to return for in-depth history lessons on the American Revolutionary period, plantation life and more. Over the course of some 40 years, Jefferson incorporated touches of Italian and Parisian architectural styles into the building of his home. He also employed a few custom-made designs to facilitate house operations. Most recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to explore all that's in store. But prepare to pay handsomely -- the basic tour costs between $17 and $22 for adults, while more in-depth tours can cost as much as $45 per person. A recent TripAdvisor traveler suggests you opt for the one on Monticello's slaves: "The issue of Thomas Jefferson's slaves has been a polarizing one in the States," they write. "Whatever your views on this, you will find them challenged on this tour."
Located just outside Charlottesville, Monticello is open every day except Christmas. Its hours of operation vary; in fall the gates are open from around 9 a.m. until 6 or 7 p.m., with the last tour starting 50 minutes before closing time. Ticket prices fluctuate by season and the tour you choose. Tickets for children age 6 to 11 cost about $8, and those younger can enter for free. Visit the house's official website for further details.