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Charlottesville is an independent city located in north-central Virginia. It's geographically surrounded by, but separate from, Albemarle County. As of 2004, the estimated population was 40,745 residents. In 2004, Charlottesville was ranked "the best place to live in the United States," in the book, "Cities Ranked and Rated." The ranking was based on climate, cost of living and overall quality of life. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia and was home to three U.S. Presidents - Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Jefferson's mountain-top home, Monticello, attracts approximately half a million visitors each year, and it, along with the University of Virginia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jefferson's plantation is only a few miles from downtown Charlottesville, while the home of James Monroe is just down the road from Monticello. About 25 miles northeast lies the home of James and Dolly Madison. Other Charlottesville attractions include First Fridays, a long held tradition where local artists open their doors to visitors, and also Fridays After Five, which is central Virginia's premier free outdoor concert series. Walking tours are available of the town, and the City Market offers fresh produce, herbs, baked goods, crafts and more. Nearby Shenandoah National Park offers hiking, camping and many other recreational opportunities, and the well-known scenic Skyline Drive runs the length of the park. Charlottesville is also host to the annual Virginia Film Festival in October, the Festival of the Photograph in July and the Festival of the Book in March.

Surrounding areas: Lake Monticello, Virginia (11.3 mi), Stanardsville, Virginia (18.3 mi), Wintergreen, Virginia (25.3 mi), Elkton, Virginia (26.9 mi), Massanutten Resort, Virginia (29.7 mi), Shenandoah, Virginia (32.2 mi), Harrisonburg, Virginia (35.2 mi)

Charlottesville Vacation Rentals

Charlottesville Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
A-1 Ridgewood MotelCharlottesville, VA (434) 978-4007
Best Western Cavalier Inn105 Emmet StCharlottesville, VA (434) 296-8111
Best Western MT Vernon1613 Emmet StCharlottesville, VA (434) 296-5501
Boar's Head Inn200 Ednam DrCharlottesville, VA (434) 296-2181
Charlottesville Residence Inn1111 Millmont StCharlottesville, VA (434) 923-0300
Comfort Inn Monticello2097 Inn DrCharlottesville, VA (434) 977-3300
Comfort Inn1807 Emmet StCharlottesville, VA (434) 293-6188
Courtyard By Marriott Uva Medical Center1201 W Main StCharlottesville, VA (434) 977-1700
Courtyard By Marriott638 Hillsdale DrCharlottesville, VA (434) 973-7100
Days Inn University Area1600 Emmet StCharlottesville, VA (434) 293-9111
Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville990 Hilton Heights RdCharlottesville, VA (434) 973-2121
Econo Lodge Charlottesville400 Emmet StCharlottesville, VA (434) 296-2104
Econo Lodge North2014 Holiday DrCharlottesville, VA (434) 295-3185
English Inn Of Charlottesville2000 Morton DrCharlottesville, VA (800) 786-5400
Fairfield Inn Charlottesville577 Branchlands BlvdCharlottesville, VA (434) 964-9411
Hampton Inn And Suites At The University900 W Main StCharlottesville, VA (434) 923-8600
Hampton Inn2035 India RdCharlottesville, VA (434) 978-7888
Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville1793 Richmond RdCharlottesville, VA (434) 979-4442
Holiday Inn - University Area1901 Emmet St NCharlottesville, VA (800) 242-5973
Holiday Inn-monticello1200 5TH St SWCharlottesville, VA (800) 977-9991
Knights Inn Of Charlottesville1300 Seminole TRLCharlottesville, VA (434) 973-8133
Oakwood Worldwide @ Greens At Hollymead1950 Powell CRK CTCharlottesville, VA (800) 870-1063
Oakwood Worldwide @ Old Salem2639 Barracks RdCharlottesville, VA (800) 870-1063
Omni Charlottesville Hotel235 W Main StCharlottesville, VA (434) 971-5500
Quality Inn University Area1600 Emmet St Bldg BCharlottesville, VA (434) 971-3746
Red Roof Inn - Charlottesville1309 West Main StCharlottesville, VA (434) 295-4333
Sheraton Inn Charlottesville2350 Seminole TRLCharlottesville, VA (434) 973-2121
Sleep Inn & Suites Monticello1185 5th St SWCharlottesville, VA (434) 244-9969
Super 8 Motel390 Greenbriar DrCharlottesville, VA (434) 973-0888
Thomas Jefferson Motor Lodge1330 Seminole TRLCharlottesville, VA (434) 973-2111
Keswick Hall701 Clb Vw DrKeswick, VA7.0 mi.(434) 979-3365
Best Western Charlottesville Airport Inn & Suites5920 Seminole TrlRuckersville, VA12.0 mi.(434) 985-1855
Best Western Crossroads Inn & Suites135 Wood Ridge TerGordonsville, VA17.7 mi.(540) 832-1700
Comfort Inn640 W Broad StWaynesboro, VA22.1 mi.(540) 942-1171
Wintergreen ResortRt 664Nellysford, VA23.3 mi.(434) 325-2200
Days Inn2060 Rosser AveWaynesboro, VA24.5 mi.(540) 943-1101
Super 82045 Rosser AveWaynesboro, VA24.5 mi.(540) 943-3888
Comfort Inn15 Windigrove DrWaynesboro, VA24.6 mi.(540) 932-3060
Holiday Inn Express20 Windigrove DrWaynesboro, VA24.6 mi.(540) 932-7170
Days Inn-orange Montpelier Wildnerness Battle332 Caroline StOrange, VA24.7 mi.(540) 672-4855

Charlottesville Weather & Climate

North Central Virginia's Piedmont Region has a humid, subtropical climate with four, distinct seasons. Heavy snows are common in the wintertime in the Piedmont region, while the rest of the state may receive only a fraction of snow. Cold air masses arriving from the Blue Ridge Mountains, especially during the winter, can lead to significant snowfall and ice storms from early November to mid-March. Thunderstorms are possible in all months of the year, but more common in the warm, humid days of summer. Although the temperature of Virginia varies according to location, it generally becomes increasingly warmer farther to the south. During the month of September, anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of Virginias rainfall comes from hurricanes and tropical storms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 26°F 3.71 in. -
February 48°F 28°F 3.30 in. -
March 57°F 36°F 4.05 in. -
April 69°F 45°F 3.34 in. -
May 76°F 54°F 4.86 in. -
June 83°F 61°F 4.46 in. -
July 88°F 65°F 4.94 in. -
August 86°F 64°F 4.14 in. -
September 80°F 58°F 4.85 in. -
October 69°F 47°F 4.22 in. -
November 59°F 38°F 3.74 in. -
December 48°F 30°F 3.26 in. -

Charlottesville Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Charlottesville Albemarle airport (CHO) located about 7 miles north of Charlottesville, the Shenandoah Valley Regional airport (SHD) located approximately 27 miles northwest of Charlottesville in Staunton / Waynesboro / Harrisonburg, Virginia, Lynchburg Regional Preston Glenn Field (LYH) located roughly 62 miles southwest of Charlottesville in Lynchburg, Virginia, the Chesterfield County airport (FCI) located around 68 miles southeast of Charlottesville in Richmond, Virginia, Manassas Regional Harry P Davis Field (HEF) located about 70 miles northeast of Charlottesville in Manassas, Virginia, the Richmond International airport (RIC) located approximately 73 miles southeast of Charlottesville in Richmond, Virginia, and finally Ingalls Field (HSP) located roughly 73 miles west of Charlottesville in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Charlottesville Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Paramount's Kings DominionDoswellVA57.0 mi.
Marshall Hall ParkBryans RoadMD86.6 mi.
Water Parks
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA110.7 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD114.9 mi.
Golf Courses
McIntire Park Golf CourseCharlottesvilleVA 
Meadowcreek Golf CourseCharlottesvilleVA 
Swannanoa Country ClubAftonVA18.7 mi.
Tanyard Country ClubLouisaVA26.5 mi.
Country Club of StauntonStauntonVA30.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA24.8 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA35.4 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA55.9 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA73.3 mi.
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD115.2 mi.
State Parks
Lake Anna State ParkVA36.6 mi. 
Bear Creek Lake State ParkVA37.5 mi. 
Bear Creek State ParkVA37.5 mi. 
Toaster Museum FoundationCharlottesvilleVA(Technology)
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA(Art)
James Madison MuseumOrangeVA25.1 mi.(History)
United States National Slavery MuseumFredericksburgVA58.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA63.1 mi.
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA95.5 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC98.4 mi.

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