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Charlottesville

The Rotunda, University of Virginia

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Welcome to Charlottesville

Charlottesville is still Jefferson's city, focused on Monticello and the University of Virginia. The downtown pedestrian mall, a brick-paved street of restored buildings that stretches along six blocks of Main Street, is the central hub for humans and canines alike. Outdoor restaurants and caf├ęs, concerts, street vendors, and impromptu theatrical events keep things lively. Explore

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On the Back of Your Nickel

Get the full measure of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Tour Jefferson's mountaintop mansion and gardens, and visit his final resting place.

On the Back of Your Nickel

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Mr. Jefferson's University

The third U.S. president conceived the University of Virginia and oversaw its construction. Start your campus tour at the Rotunda, which he designed.

Mr. Jefferson's University

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Nice Neighborhood

From Monticello, visit James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland farmhouse and James Madison's grander Montpelier. Dolley's hostess talents are on display.

Nice Neighborhood

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Walk and Watch

Charlottesville's pedestrian mall is a pleasure to visit any evening. Slip into a seat at the Paramount Theater, which features movies and live shows.

Walk and Watch

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Monticello Wine Trail

More than 30 wineries stretch across the hills from Barboursville to Afton, and most - even Donald Trump's - offer tastings and tours.

Monticello Wine Trail

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