Monticello provides an abundance of activities that allow for an action-packed and full day; by starting your day at Monticello with some great views, you’re sure to have a great day.
Start your day off by hiking up the two mile scenic Saunders-Monticello Trail or park at the top for close proximity to the visitor center. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation created the Thomas Jefferson Parkway as a scenic entrance along Route 53. The Parkway doubly serves as a path to Monticello and a recreational and educational resource. Pedestrians and cyclists utilize this path as a link between Monticello and the Charlottesville Community.
A 2 mile trail, Saunders-Monticello Trail, winds through the park before ascending the side of Carter Mountain toward Monticello. If visitors choose to hike, the trail leads them directly to the Monticello ticket office over the recently completed stone-arch Saunders Bridge.
Take time to watch the video, Thomas Jefferson’s World, on the history of Monticello, which provides an inside look at Thomas Jefferson’s impact on the development of the United States. This 15 minuet film plays three times every hour. The David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center offers four innovative exhibitions that provide visitors with additional information on the life of Thomas Jefferson and the evolution of Monticello. This is a great pit stop both before and after touring the grounds.
The Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center also provides a spacious venue for educational trips with many students. The three classrooms on the lower level allow for expanded space and ample workshops, talks, and other educational programs for youth and adults. The classrooms include space for 30 people each and a moveable wall between two of the rooms, creating a 60 person space. With digital projectors wired for various media, The Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center is a great center for unique learning experiences. Learn more about the Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center