University of Virginia
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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A little trivia for you: the University of Virginia is the only university in the United States to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. And it's not hard to see why -- it's a bastion of U.S. education, and it holds an unofficial reputation for containing the country's most magnificent campus grounds. It's also historically significant, as it was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 as the first nonsectarian (or nonreligious) university in the country. Charlottesville visitors don't just tour UVA as prospective students, they also come just to relish in its spectacle.
One visitor tells TripAdvisor: "I never tire of visiting the Lawn and the Rotunda -- I have the same feeling of awe related to the beautiful architecture every time."
You can stroll the grounds of Mr. Jefferson's University at any time, but do remember that it is a college where students live and attend class. In fact, some suggest that you swing by during a school break to enjoy a quieter campus. While planning your trip, stop by UVA's official website for more details on the college and its grounds.