Why It's Worth It

Best known as the home of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville has far more to offer than your typical college town. Laying claim to three presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville has always been a top destination for history buffs but visitors today will also find a vibrant arts scene. Outside of town two-lane country roads wind past award-winning wineries, while nearby family farms supply some of the best restaurants in Virginia. With the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park in Charlottesville's backyard the great outdoors are never too far away. —Brianna Simmons