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Minutes from DC yet A World Away

On the Potomac River within eyesight of Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Named a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2020 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Best Cities 2020 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront, making it the perfect home base for your D.C. vacation and an unforgettable getaway of its own.

Alexandria has taken all necessary action to set your mind at ease for a memorable escape. Face coverings are required in Virginia at all indoor public places, except when eating, drinking or exercising. Additionally, a mask is required when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained, even outdoors. It is important to always have a mask with you as sometimes walkways, sidewalks and trails can become crowded unexpectedly. Here’s how to enjoy Alexandria now:

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Alexandria has always been a place of respite, where visitors and locals alike feel a world away as they stroll historic streets, unwind by the waterfront, and gather for a memorable meal with friends and family. Here’s a reminder of what awaits in Alexandria when you visit.

Explore the Region
  • 5 miles to Washington, DC
  • 10 minutes to Reagan - Washington National Airport
  • 8 miles to Mount Vernon
  • Metro: blue line Blue Line, yellow line Yellow Line
Explore the Neighborhoods
Alexandria
Explore the Region
Explore the Neighborhoods
Discover historic Old Town, eclectic Del Ray, innovative Carlyle and the diverse West End
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Del Ray
Del Ray is "Where Main Street Still Exists" with made-for-strolling Mount Vernon Avenue boasting a booming restaurant scene, wellness community, and independent shops.
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Del Ray
Del Ray is "Where Main Street Still Exists" with made-for-strolling Mount Vernon Avenue boasting a booming restaurant scene, wellness community, and independent shops.
WEST END
West End
The West End is Alexandria's largest and fastest-growing neighborhood and home to the city's craft brewery scene with Port City Brewing Co. and Portner Brewhouse.
WEST END
West End
The West End is Alexandria's largest and fastest-growing neighborhood and home to the city's craft brewery scene with Port City Brewing Co. and Portner Brewhouse.
CARLYLE/EISENHOWER
Carlyle / Eisenhower
Invention and innovation are at the heart of Carlyle and Eisenhower Valley. This neighborhood is the contemporary counterpart to Old Town as it creates history for tomorrow.
CARLYLE/EISENHOWER
Carlyle / Eisenhower
Invention and innovation are at the heart of Carlyle and Eisenhower Valley. This neighborhood is the contemporary counterpart to Old Town as it creates history for tomorrow.
Old Town Alexandria
Old Town
Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the city’s best restaurants, shopping and historic attractions.
Old Town Alexandria
Old Town
Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the city’s best restaurants, shopping and historic attractions.
Explore the Region
  • 5 miles to Washington, DC
  • 10 minutes to Reagan - Washington National Airport
  • 8 miles to Mount Vernon
  • Metro: blue line Blue Line, yellow line Yellow Line
Explore the Neighborhoods
Discover historic Old Town, eclectic Del Ray, innovative Carlyle and the diverse West End
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Del Ray
Del Ray is "Where Main Street Still Exists" with made-for-strolling Mount Vernon Avenue boasting a booming restaurant scene, wellness community, and independent shops.
Del Ray Header
Del Ray
Del Ray is "Where Main Street Still Exists" with made-for-strolling Mount Vernon Avenue boasting a booming restaurant scene, wellness community, and independent shops.
WEST END
West End
The West End is Alexandria's largest and fastest-growing neighborhood and home to the city's craft brewery scene with Port City Brewing Co. and Portner Brewhouse.
WEST END
West End
The West End is Alexandria's largest and fastest-growing neighborhood and home to the city's craft brewery scene with Port City Brewing Co. and Portner Brewhouse.
CARLYLE/EISENHOWER
Carlyle / Eisenhower
Invention and innovation are at the heart of Carlyle and Eisenhower Valley. This neighborhood is the contemporary counterpart to Old Town as it creates history for tomorrow.
CARLYLE/EISENHOWER
Carlyle / Eisenhower
Invention and innovation are at the heart of Carlyle and Eisenhower Valley. This neighborhood is the contemporary counterpart to Old Town as it creates history for tomorrow.
Old Town Alexandria
Old Town
Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the city’s best restaurants, shopping and historic attractions.
Old Town Alexandria
Old Town
Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the city’s best restaurants, shopping and historic attractions.
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