Situated in the mountains and near the Shenandoah National Park, Charlottesville is an excellent location for those who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, fishing, mountain biking, skiing, golf, tennis, and white water rafting.
In addition to Charlottesville's stunning natural beauty, it is defined by a vibrant community that is strengthened by the University and University-related activities. Charlottesville brings together the best of many worlds, offering livability and community found in smaller cities with the amenities and cultural attractions of a metropolis.
Some Charlottesville local and regional highlights include:
Charlottesville is in close proximity to major centers of the arts. Just a two-hour drive north, Washington DC houses the collections of the National Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as the museum and library at Dumbarton Oaks. Baltimore is three hours away and offers the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Gallery. Just one hour east in Richmond is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, one of the few state-sponsored art museums in this country, with an impressive collection focusing on ancient, medieval, Renaissance, American, and modern French art.