Attractions near Charlottesville

Monticello Home of Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President, author and founder of the University of Virginia. This house, one of the most beautiful in America, was designed and built by Jefferson beginning in 1768.

Ash Lawn-Highland: The restored home of the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, Ash Lawn features beautifully maintained gardens and facilities reflecting Federal elegance and style.

University of Virginia: Thomas Jefferson wished to be remembered as the "Father" of the University which embodied his vision as an educator and his passion for architecture. This "Academical Village" is recognized as one of the nation's outstanding universities, as well as a supreme architectural achievement.

Montpelier: Montpelier celebrates the life and legacy of President Madison, the Father of the Constitution, and Dolley Madison, America's first First Lady. Tour Madison's home, the formal garden, and archaeological sites and enjoy the breathtaking vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway meet at the top of a mountain pass (Rockfish Gap) west of Charlottesville, through Shenandoah National Park. Natural Bridge of Virginia, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Underground Wonders of Virginia: Grand Caverns, Caverns of Natural Bridge, Luray Caverns, Endless Caverns, some of the most popular and beautiful caverns in the US. Wintergreen Resort: four season resort near the Blue Ridge Parkway with golf, tennis, hiking, skiing facilities.

Jefferson Vineyards: Thomas Jefferson gave this land to Italian winemaker, Filippo Mazzei, to establish a European style vineyard. Today, there are several of them that produce fine European vinifera wines. Tours and tastings year round. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the winery deck.

Tours of museums, battlefields and factories near Charlottesville. Buckley Moss Museum, exhibiting the work of one of America's most popular artists. Hall of Valor Civil War Museum: Site of 1864 battle made famous by the charge of the young VMI cadets. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, experiencing the splendors of ancient Egypt, masterpieces from India, Africa, and works by Monet, Degas and Warhol. Museum and White House of the Confederacy, center for the study of Confederacy and Civil War. Berkeley Plantation, most historic in America, the magnificent 1726 mansion is home of many firsts: Thanksgiving, Taps, Bourbon, two US presidents. The historic and scenic city of Williamsburg.

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