There are numerous recreational activities in and around Charlottesville-whether it's quaint towns or large cities, sunning on the beach, exploring beautiful mountains, playing golf or tennis, visiting historic sites and wineries, enjoying award-winning restaurants, or just relaxing.
Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, and James Monroe's home, Ashlawn-Highland, are just a short drive from the University grounds. Montpelier, home of James Madison, is about a 40-minute drive. The Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, less than an hour from Charlottesville, offer scenic drives and hikes through the Blue Ridge mountains.
Charlottesville is 110 miles from Washington, D.C., 70 miles from Richmond, and 120 miles from Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.
Charlottesville is located in central Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. Summer temperatures are hot and humid, averaging in the mid 80s while spring and fall can be quite pleasant.
The Charlottesville airport is served by major airlines and is also accessible via interstate highways.