We all know the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words." While that expression may be true most of the time, when it comes to photos of Charlottesville & Albemarle County, we think they are worth way more than just a thousand words! Maybe a million, or a billion, or even a trillion! You get the idea - we'd be talking about a lot of words. But all word-counting discrepancies aside, these are some of our favorite photos from the Charlottesville area as we get ready to close out the year 2016 and give a welcome to 2017. All of these images beautifully showcase why, no matter the season, there's no better place to visit than the Charlottesville area for a trip you will never forget! Now let's get this photo journey started!

1.) A Romantic & Snowy Stroll on the Downtown Mall

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(Photo Credit: Brantley Ussery)

3.) An Orange & Blue Sunset at the University of Virginia

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(Photo Credit: Brantley Ussery)

5.) Spring Sunsets on the Downtown Mall

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(Photo Credit: Brantley Ussery)

7.) A Sweet Carter Mountain Orchard Sunset

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(Photo Credit: The Hometown Tourist)

9.) Man's Best Friend(s)

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(Photo Credit: Shenandoah National Park)

11.) Hints of Fall

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(Photo Credit: Wahoo Photography)

13.) Shenandoah National Park at Peak Color

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(Photo Credit: Skyclad AP, LLC)

15.) On Top of the World!

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(Photo Credit: Bill Bergen)

Ready to plan a visit yet? These photos give you a little peek at just how gorgeous and photogenic the Charlottesville area is! But trust us, it's even prettier in person. For ideas of things to do and places to stay, keep browsing our website - there's definitely something for everybody! Until then, Happy New Year from Charlottesville & Albemarle County! We look forward to seeing you in 2017!