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Did you know that James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson were neighbors? It's true  and while many travelers delight in learning about Thomas Jefferson and his home life at Monticello, few realize that less than 2 miles south is Highland, the home of our fifth president. Recent travelers assure you that both houses are worth your notice; Monticello for its grandeur and Highland for its quaintness. Another bonus: this little-heard-of farmhouse rarely contains the stifling crowds of TJ's home and features some of the Monroe family's original furnishings. Plus, the admission fee is considerably more reasonable. Though its size makes it more manageable to tour, Highland doesn't offer as much to see as Monticello, according to recent visitors. Travelers said the quality of your experience depends on your guide. Luckily, according to reviewers, many of the guides are incredibly knowledgeable.

Monroe's abode is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April to October. From November to March, Highland is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided house tours, which last 35 minutes, are included in the entrance fee. Admission costs $14 for adults and $8 for children ages 6 to 11. If you plan to visit Highland, Monticello and the Michie Tavern museum in the same day (which is doable, according to travelers), consider purchasing the Monticello Neighborhood Pass, which includes admission to all three and offers a savings of $6 for adults. For more information, visit the home's official website

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#1 Historic Downtown Mall Charlottesville's popular shops, restaurants and ambiance converge in one main area, known as the Historic Downtown Mall. Located, as you would imagine, on Main Street, this thoroughfare is home ... Read more » Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau

#2 University of Virginia A little trivia for you: Did you know the University of Virginia is the only university in the United States to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO? And ... Read more » Stacy Smith / EyeEm / Getty Images

#3 Monticello 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 ... Read more » Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau

#4 Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive Just ask any recent, frequent or past visitor, and they'll tell you the same: Taking the leisurely Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains is ... Read more » Steven Heap / Getty Images

#5 Carter Mountain Orchard According to recent visitors, fall is the best time to visit Carter Mountain Orchard, and it's not just because it's prime apple-picking season. The sweeping views of Charlottesville ... Read more » Stacy Knighton / Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau

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#8 Blenheim Vineyards In 2000, Dave Matthews (of the Dave Matthews Band) and his family purchased some Piedmont region farmland. His original purpose was to preserve its historic significance (it was once the ... Read more » Charlottesville Tourism Board

#9 Michie Tavern Michie Tavern certainly has nostalgia in its favor. Originally erected in the late 1700s in Earlysville, Virginia, this historic landmark was once the hub for that town's passersby, providing ... Read more » Amanda Bennett / Flickr

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Experience what 18th-century tavern life was like with a visit to Michie Tavern. Amanda Bennett / Flickr

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