Since moving here, I have spent a significant amount of time exploring Charlottesville, the surrounding countryside and the nearby mountains.
In June, I challenged myself to take at least one picture of this gorgeous area each day, a small self-assigned project that has resulted in a few great Charlottesville photos and a bunch of fun.
From the Historic Downtown Mall to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed University of Virginia, and from the Albemarle County countryside to Shenandoah National Park, this area in central Virginia is home to attractions that are nothing short of exceptional. Let’s also not overlook the presence of several great craft breweries and many world-class wineries. This is, after all, the birthplace of wine-making in the United States. Add to that the homes of no fewer than three former U.S. Presidents—James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe—and you have a truly superb destination.
I absolutely love living in Charlottesville. I think it’s astonishing that a city this small in size (fewer than 50,000 inhabitants) has this many amazing attractions.
From hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains to hot air ballooning over Albemarle County, from sampling award-winning craft beers to enjoying farm-to-table food, from attending free evening concerts to going for sunrise drives in Shenandoah National Park, June, as well as the couple of months before that, have been pretty fun-filled.
Although not really a huge tourist destination, especially when looking at the bigger American picture, Charlottesville and its surrounding countryside is absolutely worthy of a visit. Just trust me. Whether you like beer or wine, fishing or hiking, or history or music, you will have a great time in this small-sized city.
To give you an impression of what Charlottesville has to offer, I have compiled the following collection of 50 Charlottesville photos, taken in 50 (sometimes slightly) different locations in and near the city. This selection is the result of one summer of exploring and photographing Charlottesville.
50 Charlottesville Photos
Many of these photos, as well as others, are available for purchase. See which Charlottesville photos are for sale in my travel photography portfolio.