Located only two hours from Washington, D.C., Charlottesville is a lively university town situated at the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.Named one of the happiest cities in the country by National Geographic, Charlottesville has been called the country's favorite mountain town (Travel & Leisure) and one of the healthiest small towns in the U.S. (Healthline).The city is considered a food-lover's dream, with more than 100 independent restaurants of all kinds and the beautiful countryside boasts more than 30 wineries and craft breweries.The historic Downtown Mall is home to many of Charlottesville's premier restaurants, bars and music venues.The area is home to the nationally acclaimed Virginia Film Festival and Virginia Festival of the Book and the Festival of the Photograph. Nearby are the museum homes of three U.S. presidents (Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland and James Madison's Montpelier), abundant cultural attractions and some of the finest golf courses in the country. The terrain is also perfect for the outdoor enthusiast, with the Shenandoah National Park just a short drive away.Charlottesville also boasts a dynamic startup and business community, and was named the No. 1 fastest-growing venture capital city in the U.S. by the National Venture Capital Association in 2016. For visitor and travel information, visit the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau.