Experience presidential history and the beauty of the Charlottesville region with these insider tips and destination highlights.

  • Discover Monticello, Montpelier and Ash Lawn-Highland, the homes of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.
  • Explore Charlottesville and Albemarle County, a uniquely historic and scenic region.
  • Beautiful vineyards, horse farms and miles of rural byways and mountain vistas surround a vibrant culture of music, literature, fine food and festivals.
  • Browse a few sample itineraries to help plan your visit.

It’s easy to see why Charlottesville was named “the #1 Best Small City to Live in America.

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Download your Presidents Passport and create your own keepsake with three unique Presidents Passport stamps from Monticello, Montpelier and the downtown Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (stamps received at ticket counter).



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Insider Tips


Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Monticello conducts guided tours of the main house—Thomas Jefferson’s…more

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Montpelier was the home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bill of Rights, and his wife, Dolley, who came to define the role of America’s…more

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Mount Vernon

Commander in Chief of American forces in the Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States, George Washington called Mount Vernon home for more than 40 years. His…more

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Nestled amid the foothills of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville lies at the intersection of rural lifestyle and urban sophistication. From the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence to…more

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On the Potomac River just minutes from Washington, D.C.,   Alexandria’s historic waterfront setting belies a bustling cosmopolitan scene – a haven for history and art lovers, foodies, and boutique-seekers. Alexandria…more

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Ash Lawn-Highland

Highland was the home of James Monroe, the nation’s fifth president. Monroe is said to be the “last of the founding fathers,” and one who helped carry the ideals of…more