Top 10 Reasons to Visit

Alexandria, Virginia, is a destination with sophisticated style, extraordinary attractions, and exquisite cuisine. As rich in culture as it is in history, the city on the Potomac links America’s storied past with its celebrated present.

A quick ride by boat, car, or train transports visitors to the National Mall, making Alexandria an unparalleled home base for visiting the nation’s capital, but Washington politicos and celebrities cross in the other direction for the galleries, boutiques, and award-winning restaurants that line Alexandria’s cobbled streets.

What makes the city so extraordinary? Among hundreds of experiences to enjoy, here are 10 reasons to visit Alexandria to start you off!

Best Of Outdoor Dining There‚Äôs no better way to usher in summer than dining al fresco. Here in Alexandria, enjoy waterfront seating, courtyard patios and street-side eats. Read More ›
Trace George Washington's Footsteps Venture to Mount Vernon, his longtime home, Gadsby's Tavern, the site of his first birthnight ball, and more historic spots he frequented. See More ›
Take a Tour By boat, bike or foot, explore Alexandria's history, restaurants and waterfront through one of many unique tours, like a late night ghost tour or the… See More ›
Signature Sips Indulge in a locally brewed pint of beer from Port City Brewing Company, a cocktail from celebrated mixologist Todd Thrasher at PX or a glass of… See More ›
Distinctive Dining Experience Alexandria's culture through food in its buzzworthy culinary scene brimming with epicurean delights at chef-driven restaurants including… See More ›
Potomac River Waterfront Set sail on a sightseeing trip aboard a riverboat or take a leisurely walk and enjoy the gorgeous views of the DC monuments on the horizon. See More ›
Torpedo Factory Art Center Visit three floors of studios and galleries, meet artists in their studios and see real torpedoes at a former World War II-era torpedo plant. See More ›
Alexandria History Examine the city's colorful history at the Lyceum, see the home of Alexandria's founder, John Carlyle, at the famed Carlyle House or uncover the… See More ›
Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat Embark on a bike trip down the George Washington Memorial Parkway (otherwise known as the Mount Vernon Bike trail), spend the day at the first… See More ›
Shop Small Discover a whole new side to the personal shopping experience at Alexandria's many independent boutiques, whose items range from designer shoes to… See More ›
Bonus: Do Del Ray! Meet Old Town's quirky counterpart, Del Ray, and mosey down Mt. Vernon Avenue for a day of boutique shopping, family fun and delectable eats. See More ›
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