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Our Guide to Attractions & Family Fun in Charlottesville, VA

Guide Charlottesville VA

Moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, for school or work? You’re about to set up roots in a place that is renowned for its idyllic landscapes, historical background, and vibrant culture. Settle into the area with Storage Sense. We have premier indoor storage for the Charlottesville area between our two local self storage facilities. Come see how we can help you! As you handle moving and storing your belongings, learn about your new home in our guide to Charlottesville!

Discover Top Charlottesville, VA, Attractions & Experiences

Charlottesville, Virginia is a picturesque city nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect blend of unique attractions, and natural beauty. It is located in Central Virginia, approximately 70 miles northwest of Richmond and 115 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

Named in honor of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of England and established in 1762, Charlottesville is steeped in history and home to numerous historical landmarks. Charlottesville played a significant role in the American Revolutionary War and later, in the American Civil War. Explore our nation’s history and local ties!

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello & the University of Virginia

Step back in time by visiting Monticello, the famous plantation home of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. This architectural masterpiece offers guided tours, showcasing Jefferson’s inventive designs and offering a glimpse into his personal life.

Monticello sits atop a 5,000-acre plantation and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, a testament to its historical and architectural significance. The main house, known as the “essay in architecture,” was designed by Jefferson himself and features a unique blend of Palladian and neoclassical elements. Monticello is also renowned for its picturesque gardens, which Jefferson meticulously planned and cultivated, reflecting his deep interest in horticulture.

The University of Virginia, founded by Jefferson himself, is another historical gem not to be missed. Stroll through the stunning grounds and make sure to visit the iconic Rotunda, which serves as the centerpiece of the university’s Academical Village.

Get Out Into Albemarle County

Finally, for those who love the great outdoors, Charlottesville is surrounded by beautiful parks and trails. Hike or bike through the scenic trails at Shenandoah National Park, and take advantage of what the area has to offer—waterfalls, wildflowers, camping, fishing, and more.

Thanks to Virginia’s climate and rich soil, Charlottesville is also home to a number of orchards and farms. Visit the picturesque Carter Mountain Orchard for some apple or peach picking, depending on the season. Chiles Peach Orchard and Spring Valley Orchard are two other Chiles Family Orchard venues where you can go to pick fresh fruit. Take the little ones for a day in the sun, or get creative with date night with the help of Charlottesville farms.

Wine Down

For the wine connoisseurs, a trip to Charlottesville would be incomplete without exploring the region’s many wineries. Take a scenic drive through the Monticello Wine Trail and sample some of the finest Virginia wines amidst breathtaking views of the rolling countryside. Here is only a small taste of the stops you can indulge in during your visit:

Head Downtown to Shop ’til you Drop

Charlottesville’s vibrant Downtown Mall, one of the longest pedestrian malls in the country, is an excellent spot for shopping, dining, and entertainment. With over 120 shops and 30 restaurants, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Keep an eye on the events calendar, as the mall features seasonal happenings.


Storage Sense: Premier Self Storage Facilities in Charlottesville, VA

Now that you have seen the guide to Charlottesville, VA, you are ready to settle in. All the storage units at our Storage Sense facilities in Charlottesville, are secured indoors. Interior storage units offer additional protection for your items against the weather, and our interior storage units include both temperature control and climate control. Climate-controlled storage goes a step farther to manage humidity as well as temperature. If you plan to store for more than three months, climate- and temperature-controlled storage units provide the most security for your belongings.

Storage Sense – Charlottesville (Pantops)

Our self storage facility on Pantops Corner Way is next to Route 250 near where it crosses the Rivanna River. We are convenient for most east Charlottesville neighborhoods, like Pantops and Monticello, and offer affordable solutions for college students at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. You can call our office with any questions. Reserve your storage today with our online storage rentals!

Storage Sense – Charlottesville – Vision Lane

The newest of the Storage Sense facilities in Charlotte, our location on Vision Lane sits directly off Interstate-64, across from Azalea Park. Another close option for University of Virginia students, we are well-equipped to support you through all of life’s transitions. Our indoor storage units can take on student storage, large residential storage, and even business storage projects. Check out our available storage units, and rent online!


Katie Mest

Katie Mest

About the Author: Katie Mest is a Content Marketing Specialist at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She specializes in writing about the self storage industry, including storage tips and helpful resources. Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors and snuggling in with a crochet project and her cat, Billie.