Located in Central Virginia just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers stunning beauty, rich culture, and an endless list of things to do. In a single day, you can hike to a mountain peak; catch a show; stroll the galleries and shops of the Downtown Mall; and explore the historical homes of U.S. Presidents Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe. When you’re finished sightseeing, you can dine at one of Charlottesville’s many celebrated restaurants—we rank among the nation's top 15 places with the most restaurants per capita!
So Much to Do
Charlottesville brings together the best of many worlds, offering the livability and community of a small city with the amenities and cultural attractions of a metropolis.
Hike to the peaks of the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains or kayak and tube along the James River. With miles of trails to explore, you’ll never run out of options. From wintertime skiing to hot air ballooning, the great outdoors are just steps away.
Restaurants and Vineyards
From fine dining to food trucks and everything in between, Charlottesville’s cuisine scene leaves nothing to be desired. Couple it with our more than 35 vineyards and breweries, and you’ll see why there’s always some new dish and drink to try.
Study and Unwind
Pull up a window seat at a café or restaurant on the Corner. Take a walk over to the Downtown Mall to people-watch. Catch up with a friend or lose yourself in a book at one of the many cozy spots just off Grounds.
Boasting 27 NCAA national championships, Virginia sports is a huge draw for good reason. Hoos pack John Paul Jones Arena for basketball, while football fans crowd Scott Stadium in the fall. Not just for spectators, intramural teams bring students out to compete all year long. Wahoowa!
Arts and Culture
There's plenty to get excited about: Innovative galleries, luxury movie theaters, and live music spaces are part of the fabric that host visiting artists, visionaries, and musicians who join an electric local scene and that keep the town's calendar stocked all year round.
Proximity to DC and NYC
A 2.5-hour drive to the nation’s capital allows for easy access to cultural, educational, and political events at any time. Quick flights from Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) to New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Chicago are also available.