Plan Your Visit



Charlottesville is approximately:
1 hour west of Richmond, VA,
2 hours north-east of Roanoke, VA
2.5 hours south of Washington, DC
3 hours north of Durham NC
4.5 hours south of Philadelphia, PA
6 hours south of New York, NY

By Plane

Charlottesville Airport is the most convenient and closest airport to downtown Charlottesville (CHO). Non-stop flights to Charlottesville Airport offered daily from Chicago (ORD), New York (LGA), Charlotte (CLT), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington Dulles (IAD), and Atlanta (ATL).

Taxi service from the airport to the center of Charlottesville is a fixed rate of $25.00 and a 20 minute ride.

Other nearby airports to fly into:
Richmond, VA; Richmond Internation Airport (RIC)
Washington DC; Reagan National Airport (DCA) / Dulles Airport (IAD)
Charlotte, NC; Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Durham, NC; Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

By Train

Travel between Charlottesville and Northeast Corridor:
-Amtrak: The Crescent & the Northeast Regional take you straight to Charlottesville from NYC. The Silver Service / Palmetto travels from NYC with a bus connection from Richmond to Charlottesville.

Check out the Amtrak Northeast Train Routes here!

From all locations:

-If flying into Reagan National in Washington, DC, consider connecting on Amtrak at the Alexandria, VA Station (ALX): 4 mile cab ride from airport.

NOTE: Amtrak ticket prices rise as demand increases. Plan ahead!

By Bus

Travel between Charlottesville and New York City
Upscale bus service, NYC Shuttle. The price is $59.95 one way which includes wifi and non-stop service. Call 434-295-0782 for more information. Choose Main St. @ Amtrak Bridge dropoff.

Northbound buses (CVL-to-NYC) travel: Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday
Southbound buses (NYC-to-CVL) travel: Friday, Sunday, & Monday

From all locations visit Greyhound Bus Lines.


LOOK3 has arranged for group discounts at local hotels. As of May 21st, our discounted hotel blocks have expired. Contact the hotels directly to see if they will still honor it. While not all hotels listed are within walking distance, many offer a shuttle to and from the Downtown Pedestrian Mall. Be sure to ask if this service is available when reserving.

The Omni Charlottesville Hotel

Address: 212 Ridge McIntire Road; Charlottesville, VA 22903
3 blocks from the Paramount Theater
Tel: 434-971-5500

Stay Charlottesville

Offering guests carriage houses, apartments, historic homes and estates in Charlottesville, whether it be for two nights or two months.

The Residence Inn by Marriott

Address: 315 West Main Street; Charlottesville, VA 22903
0.3 miles from the Paramount Theater
Tel: 434-220-0075
Breakfast included.

The Hampton Inn & Suites at the University

Address: 900 W. Main Street; Charlottesville, VA 22903
0.8 miles from the Paramount Theater
Tel: 434-923-8600
Breakfast included.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Address: 2036 India Road; Charlottesville, VA 22901
3.1 miles from the Paramount Theater
Tel: 434-244-6200
Breakfast included. FREE shuttle to Downtown Mall.

The Cavalier Inn

Address: 105 North Emmet Street; Charlottesville, VA 22903
1.7 miles from the Paramount Theater
Tel: 434-296-8111


Offering unique accommodations in bed and breakfast style guest rooms in private homes, cottages, and houses in the Charlottesville area.

Airbnb and VRBO

Unique places to stay offered by local Charlottesville hosts.


Registration for LOOK3 EDU on June 15 & 16 occurs at the Jefferson School at 9:00am each Seminar Day.

Student / General Festival Passes will be available for pickup beginning June 15th at The Old Metropolitan Hall on the Downtown Mall.

Free parking is available at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center for our events hosted there.


The Downtown Pedestrian Mall is walkable from many neighborhoods and hotels in Charlottesville, and is 2 miles away from the University of Virginia.

Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) provides bus service to the greater Charlottesville area. In addition to traditional bus, CAT also offers a free historic style trolley which runs in a loop from the Downtown Mall to the University of Virginia, with stops near the Amtrak and Greyhound stations.

View the free trolley route here!

Uber has just arrived in Charlottesville!

Need a cab in the evening? All of the cabs line up on the downtown mall at the 2nd street SW crossing, right next to the Violet Crown Theater.


The Charlottesville Ablemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau is a tremendous resource for visitors to central Virginia, with detailed information on everything from dining to lodging and historical landmarks. They are valued supporters of LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph and the Arts.

Arts from Charlottesville on Vimeo.

“Pinch me if I’m dreaming, but walking down the mall of Charlottesville last night was like being in Arles in the late 1970s. Photographers everywhere, clumps of them, sitting at outdoor cafes as the heat of the day left the pavement, a palpable sense of excited anticipation...” 
– Andy Grundberg, 


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