Attractions

Ash-Lawn Highland – President James Monroe’s 535-acre estate in a range of mountains outside Charlottesville, where visitors can find the atmosphere of an early 19th century working plantation.

Grand Caverns – A stately and powerful example of Nature’s handiwork. Gigantic stalactites point down from above. Equally imposing stalagmites thrust upward from the caverns floor. Cathedral Hall, 280 feet long and over 70 feet high, is one of the largest rooms of any cavern in the East. Massive columns, beautiful draperies rippling flowstone, and rare “shield” formations create a variety of fascinating sights. The famous Bridal Veil, Stonewall Jackson’s Horse, and a peek at Dante’s Inferno provide memories too good to miss. Other activities to be enjoyed while at the park are hiking, picnicking, swimming (seasonal) and miniature golf (seasonal).

Luray Caverns – The largest caverns in the eastern United States and a National Landmark. Some of the most spectacular creations were formed just one drip at a time, such as Giant’s Hall, vast expansive chambers decorated by golden columns; and Titania’s Veil, all white and formed by pure crystalline drips. Luray Caverns also has the world’s largest musical instrument, the Stalacpipe Organ. It’s played from a regular organ, but its organ pipes are the stalactites spreading over 3.5 underground acres and wired with little rubber mallets.

Massanutten Ski Resort – A four-season’s resort with swimming, skiing, golfing, and hiking.

Michie Tavern ca. 1784 – Located ½ mile below Jefferson’s Monticello, the Tavern accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through a historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life. Servers in period attire offer bountiful Colonial midday fare. The rustic tavern setting renders a lunch dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality for families to enjoy. Guests may further savor the past through a lively interactive tour of the oldest section of the Tavern. A tour of this Virginia Historic Landmark reveals lifestyles and customs of 18th century patrons.

Monticello – Home of President Thomas Jefferson welcomes visitors year round. Discover aspects of his life atop his “little mountain”. Tours offered daily; closed Christmas Day.

Monticello Wine Trail – Late in his life, atop Monticello mountain located adjacent to the small hamlet of Charlottesville, Virginia, Thomas Jefferson envisioned vineyards and wines from his native state standing shoulder to shoulder with the great wines of the Old World. He planted his vineyards close to home that year, but his efforts were in vain, and his vision remained unfulfilled.

Montpelier – The life-long home of President James Madison, Father of the Constitution. Open daily March through November.

Skyline Drive – Just west of Charlottesville lies one of the nation’s most scenic public routes: Skyline Drive. This 105-mile road winds past mountain summits, waterfalls, and rolling green hills, while offering panoramic views of the majestic Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont Region of Virginia. Running adjacent to Skyline Drive and the length of the park is the Appalachian Trail, the hiking trail that follows the mountains from Georgia to Maine. Those wanting to walk sections of the Appalachian Trail are treated to unparalleled vistas and, with any luck, a few brushes with foxes, bears, wild turkeys, bald eagles, and other permanent residents of the park. The scenic drive is particularly popular in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. Annually, over two million people visit Skyline Drive, which has been designated a National Scenic Byway.

University of Virginia – Designed by Thomas Jefferson as an “Academic Village”, renowned for its architectural design. Tours offered daily.

Virginia Discovery Museum – Cultivates the curiosity and imagination of children and adults through “hands-on” exhibits related to arts, humanities and sciences.