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Visit Washington, DC's Oldest Neighborhood

For the ideal Washington, DC vacation, stay in Alexandria, Virginia - just minutes from the Smithsonian museums, monuments and memorials on the National Mall. Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is DC's oldest neighborhood and George Washington's hometown, with the first president's historic Mount Vernon estate only eight miles south.

After a busy day roaming through DC's bustling streets and popular sites, return to Alexandria, a city with beautifully-preserved architecture and a small town feel. Stroll between restaurants, boutiques and art galleries or hop on the Free King Street Trolley for a relaxing escape.

Easy to Get to Old Town

• 10 minutes from Reagan National Airport

Amtrak or Virginia Railway Express to
  Old Town Union Station

• Easy driving directions


Easy Trip to DC

• 15 minute Metrorail ride

• 30 minute water taxi ride

• 30 minute bike ride

• 15 minute drive

Mount Vernon Square   Old Town 2   Water Taxi to National Mall

Mount Vernon

Visit George Washington's home, the most visited historic estate in America

Old Town Alexandria

The beautifully preserved historic district is minutes from DC but a world away

National Mall Water Taxi

Dock just steps from the monuments, memorials and museums
Cherry Blossom by Boat   Family fun square   DC Itinerary

Waterfront Activities

Views of DC's monuments and National Harbor just on the horizon

Bike, Walking & Food Tours

See the sites any way you like

DC Itinerary

Spend a few days exploring the nation's capital from its oldest neighborhood
Family Friendly   Torpedo Factory Square 2   Port City Square

Family Friendly

Create family memories that last a lifetime

Torpedo Factory Art Center

82 artist studios, 6 galleries, 1 art powerhouse

Port City Brewery

Handcrafted, local beers created by owner-operator Bill Butcher
Hotel    Dining Square    Shopping-Square

Old Town Hotels

Experience comfort and luxury without having to stray far from your favorite destinations 

Superb Dining

Praised by Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and The New York Times

Boutique Shopping

Classified as "some of the best stores and galleries in the [DC] region" by The Wall Street Journal

    Trip Advisor

    Check out what other travelers say about Alexandria tourism on TripAdvisor.

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