A beautiful small city nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is most famous for being home to Thomas Jefferson. An iconic city, today Charlottesville is home to Monticello, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to wonderful events, fine cuisine, amazing shopping and great activities and destinations throughout the year.
Home to around 50,000 year round residents, it is considered the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area which includes 4 other counties with a total population of over 100,000. Home not just to Thomas Jefferson but also James Monroe. Most famous as Jefferson’s home, Monticello is considered one of the most famous and popular attractions in the area today. Other historic sites of interest are also found throughout the area including the historic Three Notch’d Road, Ash Lawn Highland, and the Rotunda. Also home to a vast outdoor area, top outdoor attractions in the area include Shenandoah National Park of course as well as the wine region and of course, the Blue Ridge Mountains themselves.
Site of the University of Virginia, the city is also well known for tis world class amenities and cultural attractions as well. Throughout the year, events such as the Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Festival and other music festivals can be found in downtown Charlottesville areas at the Paramount Theatre and other theatres in the area as well. Likewise, cultural hot spots such as the Downtown Mall, the Virginia Discovery Trail and the Monticello Artisan Trail also offer ample things to see and do in this world class area for travel.
Catering to the lover of history, one of the most famous ways to tour the region is by taking advantage of the President’s Passport. This allows you access to all things presidential in the area include tips and special offers and help planning a trip to fulfill your dreams. See the homes of three presidents of the past, and many more “off the beaten path” destinations also associated with this part of history as well.
Whether you visit for the presidents or the food, the culture or the relaxation, Charlottesville is one of the top areas for travel in the Blue Ridge today. Learn and explore other amazing areas for travel with us next time. Enjoy the world around you and travel more with tips to help from Bill Bailey Travel Club.