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Virginia Travel Guide

Embraced by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and lush, neatly fenced pasturelands dotted with prized horses, the picturesque Charlottesville area lies two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. This is the genteel heartland of Virginia ...

Embraced by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and lush, neatly fenced pasturelands dotted with prized horses, the picturesque Charlottesville area lies two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. This is the genteel heartland of Virginia, its pristine and pastoral rolling hills veiling a wealth of old country estates, including the restored residences of three presidents who held power during America’s formative years. 

Thomas Jefferson’s fascinating home of Monticello is a must-see, as are James Madison’s Montpelier and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland. Between writing the Declaration of Independence and later serving as our nation’s third president, Jefferson, a talented architect, founded and designed the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, his original “academical village” encompassing the stately rotunda and graceful neoclassical pavilions you see today. Many non-Virginians don’t realize that this architectural treasure (along with Monticello) has been officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, like the Great Pyramids and Taj Mahal. 

Sophisticated Charlottesville’s impressive tree-shaded pedestrian mall is also a joy to stroll, its walkways lined with historic buildings that now house a myriad of shops, galleries and restaurants.

Recommended Luxury Hotels in Virginia

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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