Drove to Charlotte, NC for a wedding, then to Charlottesville, VA to see Monticello.
Weddings suck. The man who wrote “Help Me” on the bottoms of the groom’s shoes knew this over a decade ago, and incidentally, when that groom knelt during the Catholic ceremony, triggered a shocked gasp from my then-girlfriend, a chuckle from me, and the end of that relationship.
This wedding was only marginally better (from my perspective–I’m sure everyone else had a lovely time.) It was a pretty location and a nice ceremony.
Monticello was very cool and reasonably priced. I would not want to deal with summer crowds, though, so October is a perfect time to go.