The 15 Best Things To Do In Charlottesville, VA

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Charlottesville may be small, but it sure does pack a punch when it comes to fun things to do! It’s no secret that C’ville is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

With so many things to see, do, and eat, you might not know where to begin. So, we’ve compiled our list of the absolute best things to do in Charlottesville for you.

Luckily, some of the best of the bunch are located near Charlottesville on the Monticello Wine Trail! Whether you’re in town on a romantic vacation or a girl’s getaway, we highly recommend dedicating at least one day to sipping and swirling.

Follow the Monticello Wine Trail

You probably didn’t know this, but the University of Virginia is the first American university to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Thomas Jefferson actually founded the University of Virginia in 1819 as part of his commitment to education.

Take a Tour of the University of Virginia Campus

Taking a day trip to Shenandoah National Park should be at the top of any nature lover’s Charlottesville bucket list. With 500 miles of hiking trails, cascading waterfalls, towering peaks, and stunning lookout points, it’s impossible not to be enamored with this beautiful national park.

Take a Scenic Drive in Shenandoah National Park

Dairy Market prides itself on being the first market hall in Central Virginia. Today, the space is home to roughly 18 unique vendors, all dishing out seriously good eats and seriously cool products.

Eat Your Way Through Dairy Market

Thomas Jefferson built his Monticello farm, plantation, and estate in 1772, and it was the primary plantation and residence of the third President until his death in 1826.

Learn about Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

A trip to the Historic Downtown Mall is definitely one of the most fun Charlottesville attractions. Located right in the heart of downtown, this pedestrian-only area takes up eight tree-lined blocks.

Go Shopping in the Historic Downtown Mall

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