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Walk in the footsteps of illustrious American Presidents, gaze upon the grandeur of the Appalachian Mountains, and discover the old-town heart to this historic city on a walking tour of its downtown area, the city of Charlottesville in Virginia is a bucket-list destination for tourists around the world. In the shadows of lofty mountain peaks, Romanesque buildings with columned facades, red bricked townhouses, and leafy city suburbs hold a fascination for travelers, and featuring on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites means a steady stream of visitors finds its way to this unassuming city where culture, history, and presidential architecture give it character and charm.

Things to see

There aren’t many universities that can lay claim to the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the University of Virginia, designed by President Thomas Jefferson certainly can. Built on farmland once owned by President Monroe, its sprawling campus belies it tumultuous World War era history, while its Grecian-style amphitheater hosts popular rallies and local events. Just outside the city, the house and grounds of Monticello, the former home of Thomas Jefferson, is now a national attraction, with exhibits interpreting the life of early slaves, guided tours of the ornate rooms lived in by his family, and sprawling grounds that were once a tobacco plantation. At the heart of the city, Downtown Mall is more than just a shopping center, although with 120 boutique and designer shops, trendy restaurants, and chic bars waiting to welcome visitors, you can definitely get your fix of retail therapy here. It also boasts the wonderful interactive Virginia Discover Museum, four elegant theaters and concert halls, and pretty landscaped gardens filled with scented blooms and flowering trees.

Hotels in Charlottesville

Hotels in Charlottesville are mostly modern in design, and you’ll find comfortable, spacious rooms with WiFi, televisions, and en-suite bathrooms as standard. There are a few to choose from if you’re looking for a little luxury on your trip, perhaps a fine-dining restaurant to enjoy dinner in, or upgraded bathroom facilities to indulge in, but discount hotels are certainly plentiful. You’ll find a huge choice in the heart of the city, all within walking distance of all the shopping and nightlife Charlottesville is so popular for.

Where to stay

Charlottesville is a charismatic town with a pretty center dominated by its famous Downtown Mall. Colorful flowers, and awning-covered shop fronts give it a small-town feel, but its rich history makes it a magnet for tourists keen to discover the town that 2 famous American presidents called home. You’ll find a string of hotels in Charlottesville, giving easy access to upscale shopping and the city’s historic landmarks. The neighborhood of Keswick also has plenty to entice visitors, including appealing vineyards, riding trails through the mountains, and impressive views of the Appalachian Mountains.

How to get to Charlottesville

Richmond International Airport is just over an hour away by car, and for international travelers who want to incorporate a trip to the city from New York, Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses both travel here direct. The actual city itself is relatively small, and although there is public transport you can get around fine on foot. You might like to hire a car though, particularly if you want to explore the outlying landscape, and there are plenty of attractive towns along the foot of the mountains worth visiting.

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