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Best Times to Visit Charlottesville

The best time to visit Charlottesville is May to July. It's a good idea to plan a trip to the city around the academic calendar and the best wine-tasting seasons; in this case, spring is the season for wine festivals and balmy Virginia weather. Fall is also nice, particularly if you're a leaf peeper. Winters can be biting with less-than-ideal conditions for walking around.


Charlottesville winters are cold, with average lows down in the mid 20s. On good days, the temperature might crest 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to pack layers, particularly if you're planning to take a campus tour or explore one of the historic plantations.

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Many of the area's local wine festivals occur in May, and that combined with the springtime graduation season can make finding a reasonable hotel rate more difficult. Still, the weather is sublime. High temps are in the mid 80s.

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Charlottesville summers are quiet (school's out) and muggy (average highs are in the 80s, rain showers are common). Still, this is a great time to secure a discount on an area hotel, and to take a leisure trip to Mr. Jefferson's University. However, keep in mind that UVA's fall session will be in full swing by September.

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The start of the school year and homecoming season revitalizes this tiny city, but it can also mean a substantial spike in hotel rates. Alumni pack into Charlottesville for homecoming festivities, so if you're planning a trip for early or mid-October you'll want to begin looking for a hotel room several months in advance. Fall is a great time to visit Shenandoah National Park and to enjoy the Skyline Drive, however.

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