Exterior view of the Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and the landscape near The Clifton

Historic Sites and Tours

It’s Impossible to Visit Charlottesville Virginia Without Recognizing and Appreciating Its Deep Connection to American History

Tour Monticello, stroll through the expansive gardens, and visit countless other famous historic sites to learn more about the history of our region and our country.



Thomas Jefferson is one of the most quoted founding fathers of American history. We always recommend visiting Monticello to our guests. With many tours and passes to choose from, interesting exhibits and extensive gardens, you’ll definitely learn something new.




Discover the many interesting details that archeologists and historians have uncovered even as recently as 2016 to tell a fuller story of this remarkable estate. The 1000-acre property was originally purchased by James Monroe and was a fixture of his personal life throughout his 50-year political career.



40-Minute Drive

Gain insights about the life and home of James Madison with a visit to Montpelier. Options include a property pass to enjoy the grounds and gardens or a highlights tour. Enjoy learning more about the architect of the constitution and 4th president of the United States.


11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957, United States


The permanent collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia consists of nearly 14,000 objects. ​​Highlights of The Fralin’s collection include European and American painting, photography, works on paper, African art, Asian art, Pre-Columbian art, and Native American art.


The Rotunda


Arguably the most iconic building in Charlottesville, The Rotunda is a National Historic Landmark and is a must-visit site for anyone interested in learning more about Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia. Complimentary historical tours are offered at 10am daily (except home football game days) during the academic year.


The Clifton

Did you know that The Clifton itself is a historic site with a storied past? Our boutique hotel on the outskirts of Charlottesville was originally constructed in 1799 as a classic colonial-style home for Thomas Jefferson’s daughter and husband, Martha and Thomas Mann Randolph.

Learn more about the history of The Clifton