"The best place to live in the USA?" Top 5 Page for this destination Charlottesville by matcrazy1

Charlottesville Travel Guide: 300 reviews and 791 photos


Green, small and charming Charlottesville located on the footsteps of the Appalachian Mountains has many attractions, among them:
1. Monticello - Jefferson's (US president 1801-1809) plantation manor
2. University of Virginia
3. Ash Lawn-Highland - the home of James Monroe (US president 1817-1825)
4. Michie Tavern (1784)
5. Historic Court Square
6. Downtown Mall (Virginia Discovery Museum there)

I also amazed beautiful architecture of local houses, enjoyed peace and quiet and I tasted and bought Jefferson's wine. I also tried some not at all local food.

My favourite little church :-)

Thomas Jefferson's town has long been known as one of the best places in America to go to college, and a terrific place to retire. A 2004 Frommer's survey ranked it as the No. 1 place to live among 400 U.S. cities.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Architecture, history, peace and quiet, close to the mountains
  • Cons:Far from my home
  • In a nutshell:Escape to Charlottesville
  • Last visit to Charlottesville: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    Excellent page on Charlottesville! Years ago, I attended the University of Virginia as a student -- so your page brings back good memories. Cheers, Bill

  • Diana75's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Another excellent page, Matt. The small chapel looks lovely indeed and the tour of Jeffersons house was so interesting.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    A great tour of historical Charlottesville. It really is a pretty place to live, visit, or study.

  • skywalkerbeth's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2006 at 11:17 AM

    it really is beautiful there isn't it? very idyllic. ps. nook means a sheltered and secluded placel, or a corner. it's english..

  • Hopkid's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2006 at 3:23 PM

    It looks like you were in C'ville before I had my tips up. 253 photos for C'ville! That is quite prolific! Toio bad you couldn't come to Baltoberfest. Perhaps we'll meet at a future VT meet!

  • irishgalmtl's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2006 at 8:35 PM

    Hey there Matt, You have some really great tips love the copper pots..I never heard any such thing very interesting to know,,.Donna:o)

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2006 at 6:18 AM

    An excellent tour with lots of detail and history. It brought back many great memories of my visits to Charlottesville. Great use of extra photos.

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2006 at 7:18 AM

    What a wonderful historical tour you did especially of the Jefferson house... fasinating. Good buy on that wine.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2006 at 3:45 AM

    Looks like you saw and did a lot in Charlottesville Matt. Great restaurant tips. Too bad you just missed the wonderful Baltimore VT meet this past weekend. It was well attended and a lot of fun.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2006 at 5:20 AM

    A very thorough and interesting group of pages, Matt. Like the detail and emphasis on history. Your photographs are quite vivid and brilliant in color. A delight to view and read.


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