An RV Trip to Monticello and other Historic Virginia Sites

Monticello

Monticello

Virginia offers amazing vacation adventures for those who love the history of our country and the men who made it great. Taking an RV vacation to Virginia and some of its most wonderful historic spots is a treat for those of any age. Pack your gear and come along for the education and fun.

Begin in Charlottesville, VA, because this is where all the action is. Not only has this city been voted one of the best places to live in the U.S., it has a wide array of attractions and outdoor fun available. Browse the art galleries, take in the history and enjoy some great food. You’ll find great RV camping in the area. You can try Misty Mountain Camp Resort for really nice amenities.

The main attraction for this trip will be beautiful Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Much of this home is of the original construction, and you will get the real flavor of living in early times. Take a tour of this mansion and explore the gardens. Don’t miss the museum shop where you may find a treasure to take home with you.

Need to get out and stretch your legs? It is easy to do so right here near Monticello. The Saunders-Monticello Trail is a popular path where you can walk, bicycle or jog a comfortable two-mile stretch. It’s a great place to get some space and enjoy Virginia’s fresh air.

More history awaits you at the home of James Monroe. At Ash Lawn-Highland you can see what a working plantation was like in the 1700s. Fascinating indeed to see the drawing room, the children’s room and the Monroes’ bedchamber! Step back in time here and feel as if a horse and carriage will draw up to take you away. Then on to the Historic Michie Tavern and more historic amazement. This tavern was built along the side of Buck Mountain in the late 1700s to serve travelers who desperately needed a drink before traveling on.

Montpelier was where James Madison was raised and lived for his entire life, with time out for his stay in Washington during his presidency. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is a spot where you will not only get a taste of what President Madison’s life was really like, but you can take part in various activities and enjoy the gardens and outbuildings. Take a trip over to the University of Virginia next to see the school that was founded and designed by Thomas Jefferson. Explore the Rotunda, the gardens and the art museum.

Within Charlottesville, you will find another spot where you can get out and enjoy the sun. At Riverview Park take the Rivanna Trail for some hiking fun. This park is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail so you will certainly get some bird watching in while you are here.

Now that you have seen the sights around Charlottesville, your trip doesn’t have to be over. You can head west to Shenandoah National Park for some outdoor recreation and scenic drives. This will be the icing on the cake of your Virginia excursion in an RV.

Picture credits: The picture of Monticello is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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