The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
This particular university is the only one designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the US. When Thomas Jefferson founded this university, he not only helped with its educational development, but he also set the standard for how these institutions should be designed.
So what makes THIS place so unique? Highlights of this elegant campus include the Neoclassical domed Rotunda, modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, and the Small Special Collections Library, which showcases the most extensive collection of letters, documents, and early printings of the Declaration of Independence.
You should also check out the beautiful gardens, which display their own individual personalities. You’ll find everything from azaleas and sweetgum trees to magnolias and pecan trees. But perhaps the highlight of the campus is one of its more simple treasures… The Lawn.
It’s a long, dense stretch of grass outside the pavilions that beckons students and faculty to linger together… just like Jefferson would’ve wanted.