Visit Alexandria Launches Virtual Reality Experience of the City September 26, 2017

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Visit Alexandria Launches Virtual Reality Experience of the City Immersive “Visit Alexandria 360” Tour to Inspire Visitors

Alexandria, VA–Visitors can now get an immersive view of Alexandria through Visit Alexandria 360, a new virtual reality tour at VisitAlexandriaVA.com/360. The experience, which can be enjoyed on a phone, tablet, computer or a VR headset using the Visit Alexandria 360 app, showcases more than 20 local attractions and allows users to step onto historic Captain’s Row, bike the Mount Vernon Trail, dine on King Street, take in the stunning waterfront vista at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, enjoy a boat cruise into D.C. and explore historic sites such as the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. 

“360 and VR are increasingly what travelers are thirsting for,” said Patricia Washington, president and CEO of Visit Alexandria. “According to a 2017 study by Destination Analysts, more than half of travelers surveyed said they would be interested in using VR for travel inspiration. We are proud to be among the early adopters at the forefront of this new trend.”

Visit Alexandria 360, which was funded in part through Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Marketing Leverage Program grant, features an introductory two-minute video and 22 narrated panoramic photos of historic sites and attractions. The experience is best enjoyed with a virtual reality headset, but viewers can also take in the expansive views on their phones or computer. Visitors already in Alexandria can stop by the virtual reality station at the Alexandria Visitor Center located at 221 King Street to sample experiences such as biking through Wilkes Street Tunnel or taking in the Potomac River waterfront views at Jones Point Park.

To view the experience and learn more, go to VisitAlexandriaVA.com/360. Join the conversation on social media by using #VisitAlexandria360.

About Visit Alexandria
Visit Alexandria is the nonprofit tourism marketing organization for Alexandria, Virginia. Named a Top 10 Must-Visit U.S. Hot Spot for 2017 by Smarter Travel, a Top Romantic City and a Top Dog Friendly City, 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 hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy.

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