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Downtown Pedestrian Mall

Charlottesville, VA, USA

C-Ville's Entertainment Center

Eliminating cars made Charlottesville’s downtown shopping district one of the country’s best—and longest—pedestrian malls. Paved with red bricks and shaded by towering oaks, it’s a wonderful mix of renovated buildings housing more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants, many with outdoor cafes. Cool off in the Main Street Arena ice rink, take kids to the hands-on Virginia Discovery Museum, or see a movie, play, or show at the Violet Crown, Paramount, or Jefferson Theaters or at the outdoor, covered Sprint Pavilion. There’s plenty of parking nearby and a free trolley connects the Downtown Mall with the University.