(c) The University of Virginia  Thomas Jefferson's Monticello   Historic Downtown Mall

Nestled amid the foothills of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains and about a hundred miles South of Washington, D.C., the greater Charlottesville region offers visitors a thriving community and vanguard of arts and culture that's both boldly innovative and grounded in rich tradition. 


Location
Just beyond city lines, quiet rolling hills and family farms complement city life within Albemarle County's more than 700 square miles of vibrant natural beauty, including Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive and abundant
history and heritage.


This juxtaposition of urban and rural creates a rich diversity that is the lifeblood of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. You see it in the restaurants, where talented chef-owners can go plate-to-plate with any major American city, blending traditional fare and regional favorites with flavors and influences from around the globe.