Charlottesville’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism, so the city and its residents have done everything they can to make information on staying in and making the most of the city readily available.

The Charlottesville/Albemarle County Convention and Visitors Bureau operates two visitor centers within Charlottesville-Albemarle. Both the downtown center (located at 610 E. Main Street, on the Historic Downtown Mall in the Downtown Transit Center) and the visitors center at the Albemarle County Office Building (401 McIntire Road) are fully stocked with literature on staying, eating and touring in the city, and staffed with people who know Charlottesville inside and out. The Visitors Bureau can be reached by phone at (434) 293-6789, or toll-free at (877) 386-1103, can be reached by mail at P.O. Box 178, Charlottesville, VA 22902, and also operates an excellent website . Online, you can take advantage of many of the same resources offered in the center, like guides to local museums and nightlife, and also a full calendar of events. Both centers offer a self-guided walking tour of the historic downtown/Court Square as well as the Lawn/Rotunda at UVa.

In addition, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is located at the intersection of 5th St. and East Market St. and also has a website . And if you are planning to make a visit to the University of Virginia , either as a prospective student or just a visitor to its scenic campus, the university also has the full range of online resources for getting started with your UVA visit.