Charlottesville Through a Local’s Lens – 50 Photos

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.

Enjoy, guys!

50 Charlottesville Photos

Historic Court Square, Charlottesville photos, Virginia
Historic Court Square, one of America’s oldest still-in-use courthouses
Historic Downtown Mall, Charlottesville
Early evening on the Historic Downtown Mall
Saunders-Monticello Trail, Charlottesville
Saunders-Monticello Trail
Three Notch'd Brewery, Charlottesville
Double sampler flight at Three Notch’d Brewery
The Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville
The Rotunda at the University of Virginia
Crabtree Falls, Virginia
Crabtree Falls in George Washington National Forest, the tallest cascade east of the Mississippi River
Sunset at IX Art Park, Charlottesville
Sunset at IX Art Park
Lunch at Bizou, Charlottesville
Delicious lunch at Bizou on the Downtown Mall
Monticello, Charlottesville
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Black bear with cubs, Shenandoah National Park
Black bear mom with her three cubs crossing Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park
Read It Again Sam bookstore, Charlottesville
Thousands of used books in Read It Again Sam on the Downtown Mall
I Love Charlottesville a Lot
I Love Charlottesville a Lot!
Tubing on the James River, Virginia
Tubing on the James River
Wine tasting at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Wine tasting at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Sunrise in Albemarle County, Virginia
Glorious sunrise over the countryside around Charlottesville
City Market, Charlottesville
Fresh produce at the Saturday City Market
Peach picking at Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville
Peach picking at Carter Mountain Orchard
Edgar Allen Poe's room at the University of Virginia
Edgar Allen Poe’s room at the Range, University of Virginia
Dark Hollow Falls in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Dark Hollow Falls, one of the most popular hikes in Shenandoah National Park
Grit Café, Charlottesville
Cup of coffee at Grit on the Downtown Mall
Sunrise in Shenandoah National Park
Sunrise at the Buck Hollow Overlook in Shenandoah National Park
Free Trolley, Charlottesville
The free trolley, Charlottesville’s most convenient way of getting around
Lee Park, Charlottesville
Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park
Market Street Wine Shop and Grocery, Charlottesville
Market Street Wine Shop and Grocery
Sunset at Carter Mountain, Charlottesville
Sunset with some hard cider at Carter Mountain
Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville
Sprint Pavilion
The Paramount at the Historic Downtown Mall, Charlottesville
The Paramount on the Historic Downtown Mall
Wine and polo at King Family Vineyard
Wine and polo, a Sunday afternoon at King Family Vineyard
Sunrise over Albemarle County, Virginia
Sunrise over beautiful Albemarle County
Charlottesville railroad, Belmont Bridge
Charlottesville railroad seen from the Belmont Bridge
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville
Façade of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Sunrise on Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
Sunrise on Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
Community Chalkboard Wall, Charlottesville Downtown Mall
Community Chalkboard Wall, aka the Freedom of Speech Wall, on the Downtown Mall
Bar at C&O Restaurant, Charlottesville
Well-stocked bar at C&O Restaurant
Nelson County, Virginia
Nelson County seen from a lookout on Route 250
Sunset from Friendship Court
Sunset over Friendship Court
Lewis and Clark Statue, Charlottesville
Lewis and Clark Statue
Champion Brewing Company, Charlottesville
Craft beer at Champion Brewing Company
Downtown Mall, Charlottesville
Late afternoon on the Historic Downtown Mall
Sunrise over Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Sunrise over Shenandoah Valley
Charlottesville Downtown Transit Station
Charlottesville Downtown Transit Station
The Pie Chest, Charlottesville
The Pie Chest, one of Charlottesville’s best dessert and coffee places
Raven's Roost Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
Raven’s Roost Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway
Downtown Belmont, Charlottesville
Hop On Bus in Downtown Belmont
Madison Jefferson Monroe statues, Charlottesville Downtown Mall
Madison, Jefferson and Monroe statues on the corner of City Hall
Sunset from Pantops Mountain
Sunset from Pantops Mountain
Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint, Charlottesville
Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint
View from Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
View from Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
Fridays After Five, Charlottesville
Fridays After Five, free summer concert series on the Downtown Mall
Sunset over the University of Virginia
Sunset over the Academical Village at the University of Virginia

Many of these photos, as well as others, are available for purchase. See which Charlottesville photos are for sale in my travel photography portfolio.

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