The University of Virginia AKA “Mr. Jefferson’s University” Charlottesville www.virginia.edu
Quite possibly THE most beautiful college campus on this side of the Atlantic. Walk around the university and visit the Lawn and the Rotunda.
Monticello, the residence of Thomas Jefferson Charlottesville www.monticello.org
The grounds indude the house itself, the gardens, servant quarters, and Thomas Jefferson’s grave. Open daily, $14 for adults.
Ash Lawn-Hlghland, the residence of James Monroe, Charlottesville www.highland.org
Montpelier, the residence of James Madison, Orange County www.montpelier.org
Michie Tavern, an inn dating to 1784 www.michietavern.com
Now a museum and restaurant. Open dally.
The Downtown Mall www.downtowncharlottesville.com
Several blocks in downtown Charlottesville have been closed off to traffic, creating a pedestrian-friendly area full of shops and resturants. The old brick buildings, ecclectic stores, and people make this a great place to walk around.
The Virginia Discovery Museum www.vadm.org
On the Downtown Mall, the museum has a variety of child- and family-oriented exhibits.
Closed Monday, open until 5PM other days.
Skyline Drive www.blueridgeskyline.com
For the best sights in the Fall, drive into the hills south of town, or out US-250 West toward Afton Mountain. Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, west of town off US-250 or 1-64, offer some of the best views. Drive west of town to see farms, fences, and vineyards to make you feel as if you’ve stepped back into the 18th century.