Alexandria Welcomes the National Science Foundation

Within eyesight of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront and minutes from Reagan National Airport, Alexandria, Virginia delights travelers from around the world. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is the Shop Small headquarters of the region with more than 200 independently owned boutiques and restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. There is plenty to explore in the city’s other nearby neighborhoods, including Carlyle & Eisenhower, the economic engine of Alexandria, and Del Ray. Alexandria is accessible via Metro, water taxi and bikeshare.

Key to the City Unlock Alexandria’s rich culture and history with our Key to the City museum pass. Learn More ›
Top 10 Reasons to Visit This Fall With so many fall festivities, there’s no better time to paint the town than during Alexandria’s most colorful season. Learn More ›
Restaurants Bite into a booming culinary scene praised by Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and The New York Times. Learn More ›
Carlyle & Eisenhower Neighborhood Guides Known as the economic engine of Alexandria, learn where to eat and what to do in Carlyle and Eisenhower. Learn More ›
Getting Around Getting around is easy in Alexandria, which is close to three major airports, has four Metrorail stations, Capital Bikeshare and more. Learn More ›
Top Things to Do New to Alexandria? Explore the city and region starting with these top activities. Learn More ›
How to Shop on King Street If you’re looking for a shopping district in the DC area with panache and authentic charm, Old Town Alexandria’s historic King Street can’t be beat. Learn More ›
Bars & Pubs Casual evening out or chic night on the town—immerse yourself in a vibrant bar and pub scene.... Learn More ›


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