Must-see attractions in The Piedmont

  • Dale Chihuly glass reed sculpture at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts VMFA in Richmond, Virginia

    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


    Richmond is a cultured city, and this splendid art museum is the cornerstone of the local arts scene. Highlights of its eclectic, world-class collection…

  • Monticello

    The Piedmont

    The house at Monticello is an architectural masterpiece designed and inhabited by Thomas Jefferson, founding father and third US president, who spent 40…

  • University of Virginia

    The Piedmont

    Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia, and designed what he called an 'Academical Village' embodying the spirit of communal living and…

  • Montpelier, the historic home of James Madison in Virginia.


    The Piedmont

    Thomas Jefferson gets all the attention in these parts, but it's well worth branching out and visiting James Madison's Montpelier, a spectacular estate 25…

  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, North America

    Poe Museum


    Contains the world's largest collection of manuscripts and memorabilia of poet and horror-writer Edgar Allan Poe, who lived and worked in Richmond…

  • Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, Virginia, America..Photograph taken after sunset..The Capitol Building houses the oldest elected legislative body in USA, first established as the House of Burgesses in 1619

    Virginia State Capitol


    Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the capitol building was completed in 1788 and houses the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere – the Virginia…

  • The Rotunda at the University of Virginia.


    The Piedmont

    The centerpiece of UVA is the Jefferson-designed Rotunda, modelled after Rome's Pantheon and constructed between 1822 and 1832. It has always functioned…

  • Pippin Hill

    The Piedmont

    Wonderful views over the rolling plateau of the Piedmont await you at this exemplar of sustainable viticulture. The restaurant has an unapologetically…

  • Blue Mountain Brewery

    The Piedmont

    Located 20 miles from Charlottesville near the gorgeous high slopes of Skyline Drive, Blue Mountain Brewery is some kind of wonderful. These people are…

  • Barboursville Vineyards.

    Barboursville Vineyards

    The Piedmont

    Spread across 900 acres, Barboursville Vineyards has earned high praise for its fine wines, and you can plan an afternoon of wine tasting, strolling the…

  • A recreated mine entrance at Petersburg National Battlefield.

    Petersburg National Battlefield Park

    The Piedmont

    Several miles east of town, Petersburg National Battlefield is where Union soldiers planted explosives underneath a Confederate breastwork, leading to the…

  • National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

    The Piedmont

    West of downtown and inside the privately run Pamplin Historical Park, the excellent National Museum of the Civil War Soldier illustrates the hardships…

  • King Family Vineyards

    The Piedmont

    Consistently ranks as one of Virginia's best wineries; try its flagship Meritage. Bring a picnic (the winery also sells gourmet goodies) and enjoy the…

  • National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center, American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Richmond, VA, U.S.A.

    Richmond National Battlefield Park


    The dozen Civil War sites and four visitor centers that comprise this park can be visited on an 80-mile driving tour around Richmond. The best place to…

  • Hollywood Cemetery


    Perched above the James River rapids, this tranquil cemetery contains the gravesites of two US presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler), the only…

  • Our Lady of the Angels

    The Piedmont

    The cows living near this secluded, verdant and peaceful Trappist monastery must be happy – their milk is so sweet that the nuns at the monastery are…

  • St John's Episcopal Church


    It was here that firebrand Patrick Henry uttered his famous battle cry – 'Give me Liberty, or give me Death!' – during the rebellious 1775 Second Virginia…

  • Historic Tredegar


    Part of the multisite American Civil War Museum, this fascinating exhibit – housed inside an 1861 iron works that at its height employed 800 free and…

  • Virginia Museum of History & Culture


    Virginia's attic is looking pretty darn impressive after a multimillion-dollar renovation. With easy-to-digest changing and permanent exhibits tracing the…

  • Fralin Art Museum

    The Piedmont

    Known for Jean Arp's huge Oriform sculpture (1977), which commands attention in front of the museum, the UVA's art gallery stages temporary exhibitions on…

  • Canal Walk


    The 1.25-mile waterfront Canal Walk between the James River and the Kanawha (ka-naw-wha) and Haxall Canals is a lovely way of seeing a dozen highlights of…

  • Grace Estate

    The Piedmont

    The Mount Juliet vineyard at this extremely picturesque winery near Crozet produces the grapes used in its bright and crisp white wines and age-worthy…

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    The Piedmont

    Blenheim is owned by musician Dave Matthews, who in some ways – what with his folkie-preppie vibe and eternal gap-year sunniness, and the fact that he…

  • American Civil War Museum – Appomattox

    The Piedmont

    Artifacts, photographs, documents and audiovisual presentations tell the story of the lead-up to the end of the Civil War and the start of America…

  • An aerial view above beautiful Fall foliage on Monument Avenue and the skyline of Richmond Virginia in the distance.

    Monument Avenue


    Famous southerners including JEB Stuart, Robert E Lee, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson are memorialized in statue form along…

  • Cold Harbor Battlefield is located in Richmond National Battlefield Park.  The Cold Harbor battle took place in May and June of 1864.

    Cold Harbor Battlefield


    By 1864, Union general Ulysses Grant was ready to take the battle into Virginia. His subsequent invasion, dubbed the Overland (or Wilderness) Campaign,…

  • White House of the Confederacy


    This 1818 building was the executive mansion of the Confederacy between 1861 and 1865, and the wartime home of its president, Jefferson Davis. Guided 45…

  • Belle Isle


    A long pedestrian bridge leads from Tredegar St (just past the national park site) out to this car-free island. Once a quarry, power plant and POW camp…

  • James Monroe's Highland

    The Piedmont

    This historic site was the home of James Monroe (the fifth US president) and his wife Elizabeth from 1799 to 1823; recent excavations have identified the…

  • Virginia War Memorial


    The Virginia War Memorial, dedicated to all branches of service who served in all theaters of American combat since World War II, is an impressive…

  • Jefferson Vineyards

    The Piedmont

    Located between Monticello and James Monroe's Highland, this winery harvests from its namesake's original 1774 vineyard site. It also hosts outdoor…