Hike by waterfalls, kayak over rapids, see bands and eat out as you make the most of student life in this picturesque city
Stroll from the library to lectures on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, with historic connections to Thomas Jefferson. Pass by the Rotunda each day and watch the leaves change colour in the Fall as you head off to watch the Cavaliers play football at Scott Stadium. After the game, gather with friends and grab a coffee from one of Charlottesville’s superb cafés. Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters know how to make a mean brew and with three cafés dotted across town you’ll never be far from a great coffee.
When hunger strikes, you can take your pick of world cuisines with restaurants and bars serving up something for everyone: grab a quick bagel at Bodo’s, devour pizza at Lampo or treat yourself to tapas at MAS. Charlottesville’s established arts and live music scene means you’ll never be short of ways to get your culture fix. Don’t miss film and literature festivals and drop into museums and galleries like Chroma Projects Art Laboratory on quiet days.
Pack a picnic with delicious gourmet goodies from Feast! and spread out on the lawns by Monticello, or head a little further out of the city and hike the loop around Ragged Mountain Nature Area passing lakes and creeks. Come home, freshen up, and head out for an evening listening to bands in relaxed bars and cafés like C’Ville Coffee. See big names play at the John Paul Jones Arena or catch a show at Jefferson Theater. If you’ve got the munchies after the show, go for burgers at Citizen Burger Bar.