Named the Happiest City in America by Good Housekeeping magazine, Charlottesville is a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, artists, food and beverage connoisseurs, academics and educators. Located only two hours from Washington, D.C., Charlottesville combines the best of city life with the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville offers an extensive array of restaurants that have been featured in national publications, such as The New York Times, as well as a burgeoning wine industry with award-winning vintages. Popular student activities include going to one of the many restaurants at The Corner and the Historic Downtown Mall, watching polo at King Family Vineyards, hiking in the Shenandoah Valley, taking a bike ride around the Rivanna Trail, attending one of the many festivals, concerts, art exhibits and plays hosted in Charlottesville and at the University of Virginia throughout the year. Adding to its many accolades, the University of Virginia was recently named one of the safest universities in the United States.See more of what our town has to offer on our Charlottesville website.