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Central and Western Virginia Travel Guide

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Plan Your Central and Western Virginia Vacation

Eastern Virginia's coastal plains start rolling into the gently undulating Piedmont west of I-95. Charlottesville, 71 mi northwest of Richmond, epitomizes the refined elegance of this region, a center of culture amid the vineyards and homes of early-American presidents.

Jefferson, our nation's third president and a principal writer of the Declaration of Independence, left an indelible

imprint on the region through his neoclassical Monticello home, the University of Virginia, and his summer retreat, Poplar Forest, farther south near Lynchburg. In fact, Jefferson's design aesthetic is evident in public buildings, monuments, and private homes throughout Virginia. But what few visitors know is that Jefferson was also the father of American viticulture, planting some of our nation's first vineyards around Monticello. Today, Virginia has over 160 wineries and is the fifth-largest wine producer in the U.S., and many of the stellar growers are found along the Monticello Wine Trail. The central and western regions of the state were also home to some of the bloodiest and most significant battles of the Civil War, including the surrender of the Confederate Army at Appomattox.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Witness the Thomas Jefferson Triumvirate Explore this renaissance leader's passion for architecture and agriculture at Monticello, the University of Virginia, and Poplar Forest.
  2. Tour Presidential Homes Get up close and personal not only with Jefferson, but also James Madison, James Monroe, and Woodrow Wilson at their restored homes.
  3. Stand on the Frontlines Relive the final days of the Civil War at Appomattox or explore the many battlefields of the Shenandoah region.
  4. See Mountain Sights Ride the Appalachian crests along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. See a city beneath your feet from Roanoke's Mill Mountain, and soak in history at the Homestead Resort's Jefferson Pools, originally designed by that great statesman.
  5. Hear Mountain Sounds Dance to the twang of fiddles and banjoes outside the Floyd Country Store and all along the Crooked Road.

When To Go

When to Go to Central and Western Virginia

The climate is temperate in this region from April through October, although summers tend to be very humid. Spring and fall are beautiful, filled...

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