A Place Like No Other
Partners in a Vibrant Community
Located in Central Virginia just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers stunning beauty, rich culture and an endless list of things to do. In the span of a single day, you can hike through the mountains, catch a concert, grab a bite at one of Charlottesville’s many celebrated restaurants (we rank among the nations' top 15 places with the most restaurants per capita!), stroll the historic Downtown Mall, and explore Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or James Monroe’s Ashlawn Highlands. Whatever you do, Charlottesville brings together the best of many worlds, offering the livability and community of a small city with the amenities and cultural attractions of a metropolis.
By the Numbers
Happiest City in America, U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research
Best College Town in America, Travelers Today
U.S. community for well-being, Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
Location Is Everything
Beyond being an exceptional city in its own right, Charlottesville is also conveniently located two hours south of the nation’s capital by car and just over one hour from Richmond, VA, to the east. The Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway can be reached with a 30-minute drive from Grounds.
Just outside the city limits, Albemarle County offers a 726 square-mile area of land that is home to an unusually rich variety of cultural, natural and historic attractions. Most notable among these is Monticello, the famous home designed by Thomas Jefferson, where he spent many years of his life living, working and writing. A mere 6 miles from UVA, this UNESCO World Heritage site offers daily tours. The county also hosts Ash Lawn-Highland, home of President James Monroe. And in nearby Orange, VA, Montpelier offers a glimpse into the life and work of President James Madison.
Located just eight miles from the University, Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) offers 50 daily non-stop flights to and from Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York/LaGuardia, Washington/Dulles, Chicago/O'Hare and Atlanta. It is served by United, Delta and American Airlines.
If you’re traveling by train, the Charlottesville Amtrak Station is two miles from the University at 810 West Main Street. And if you’re traveling by bus, the Greyhound Bus Terminal at 310 West Main Street is just two miles from Grounds.