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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria

After more than 260 years on the map, Alexandria has seen American history being made, housed legendary restaurants, and become an award-winning cultural hotspot, largely unmatched by cities across the county.

Just a 15 minute ride from the National Mall, the King St-Old Town Metrorail station ties Old Town to the rest of Washington, DC, making it easy to get to and from the sights and attractions you want to see.

So how do you know where to begin? And once you've begun, where to go next? We know that time flies, so we've compiled a list of Alexandria essentials to ensure you don't miss the city's best activities:

King Street - Alexandria, Virginia

1. Stroll down King Street:

Explore Old Town Alexandria's main drag, lined with red brick and dotted with boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and pubs tucked into 18th century architecture, alongside many a four-legged friend in this dog-friendly city.


Geore Washington's Footsteps


 2. Trace George Washington's Footsteps:

Whether you venture to his longtime home, Mount VernonGadsby's Tavern, the site of his first birthnight ball; the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, where he and his wife purchased medicine; or Christ Church, his local place of worship.


Potomac Riverboat Company Tours


3. 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 Old Town Alexandria Food Tour.


Signature Sips


4. 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 Virginia wine at one of our upscale cafés. 


Top Dining


5. Distinctive Dining:

Experience Alexandria's culture through food in its buzzworthy culinary scene brimming with epicurean delights at chef-driven restaurants including BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier and gourmet market Society Fair.




6. 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.


Torpedo Factory


7. 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.


Alexandria History


8. 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 history of the city's African-American residents at the Alexandria Black History Museum.




Bike and Boat


9. 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 president's humble abode and catch a boat back to Alexandria on Potomac Riverboat Company's Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat tour. (Available April - October)




10. 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 home design, artisan jewelry to doggy treats.


Top Del Ray


11. Do Del Ray!: 

Bonus: 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.

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