10) Charlottesville, Virginia
Craving a trip to the Napa Wine Valley, but it just isn’t in the budget? Check out the Monticello Wine Trail in Charlottesville. Since the town is home to the University of Virginia, summer is the best season to visit. Wine enthusiasts will be impressed by the large number of wineries in the area. Virginia is the fifth biggest wine producer in the United States. History buffs will enjoy the historical sites of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello home and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland home. You can walk the gorgeous grounds of the historically significant UVA campus for free or spend $20 (per car) for a pass that’s good for a full week for the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Carter Mountain Orchard is also free to visit — just pay for the apples you pick.
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