THE BEST WAY TO CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Charlottesville is offered on United, US Airways and Delta. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $348.
Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, Va., (434) 984-9822, http://www.monticello.org, is open daily, except Christmas. House tour and tickets: adults, $22 (March-October) and $17 (November-February); children 6 to 11, $8. "Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House That Jefferson Built" by Marc Leepson is for sale in the gift shop. It's a fast-paced but detailed read.
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Charlottesville and Albemarle County: http://www.visitcharlottesville.org