Monticello - Charlottesville, VA

The former plantation, home of former President of the United States Thomas Jefferson, Monticello is notable not only for its stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, but for its historic significance. Jefferson was a fascinating character -- a founding father and key author of the Declaration of Independence who also kept slaves and, in his presidency, was in the habit of using the American army to enforce his authority over citizens. Love him or hate him, Jefferson was a larger-than-life American icon, and his estate -- now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site -- is well worth a visit, especially around the Fourth, when it hosts the country's oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom.

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