The grounds of Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia are definitely worth the visit. Tons of great restaurants and shopping nearby as well.
University of Virginia’s famous Grounds are open to the public, and guided historical tours are offered during the academic year.
Don't miss the Rotunda, Lawn, gardens with serpentine walls, and memorial to enslaved laborers. It's a 12-minute walk or short trolley ride down Main Street to this UNESCO World Heritage Site founded as the first public university in the United States.
Book a tour, or just stroll the lawn and admire the architecture and grounds. Visit Edgar Allen Poe’s old dorm on the Lawn.
“Donors have added 20 M to the place in the last few years and the foundation has done an amazing job adding to the place - the gardens, stables, enslaved areas, hired out worker areas, privies (yeah, those too!) ”
“Outdoor walking mall in Charlottesville with lots of good food and shopping. In the summer they have Friday's After Five - live performances at the pavilion. About 1 hour away.”
Point of Interest
“The Paramount has a wide variety of artistic offerings, from music to lectures to film to opera. it is a beautifully restored turn of the century theater at the heart of Downton Charlottesville. Plan ahead for tickets. www. theparmount.net”
“Wonderful amphitheater at the east end of Charlottesville’s pedestrian mall often featuring national touring bands. Check out their weekly Fridays After Five lineup! (Now called the “Ting Pavilion.”)”