Visit Washington, DC's Oldest Neighborhood

For the ideal Washington, DC vacation, stay in Alexandria, Virginia - just minutes from the Smithsonian museums, monuments and memorials on the National Mall. Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is DC's oldest neighborhood and George Washington's hometown, with the first president's historic Mount Vernon estate only eight miles south.

After a busy day roaming through DC's bustling streets and popular sites, return to Alexandria, a city with beautifully-preserved architecture and a small town feel. Stroll between restaurants, boutiques and art galleries or hop on the Free King Street Trolley for a relaxing escape.

Easy to Get to Old Town

Easy Trip to DC

  • 15 minute Metrorail ride (Note: Alexandria's stations closed for renovation May 25-September 8, 2019.)
  • 30 minute water taxi ride
  • 30 minute bike ride
  • 15 minute drive
Mount Vernon Visit George Washington's home, the most visited historic estate in America Learn More ›
Old Town Alexandria The beautifully preserved historic district is minutes from DC but a world away Learn More ›
National Mall Water Taxi Dock just steps from the monuments, memorials and museums Learn More ›
Waterfront Activities Views of DC's monuments and National Harbor just on the horizon Learn More ›
Sightseeing and Tours See the sites any way you like Learn More ›
DC Itinerary Spend a few days exploring the nation's capital from its oldest neighborhood Learn More ›
Family-Friendly Things to Do With plenty of kid-friendly museums, activities and dining options, Alexandria is the perfect place to spend your summer vacation. Learn More ›
Torpedo Factory Art Center 82 artist studios, 6 galleries, 1 art powerhouse Learn More ›
Port City Brewery Handcrafted, local beers created by owner-operator Bill Butcher Learn More ›
Old Town Hotels Experience comfort and luxury without having to stray far from your favorite destinations Learn More ›
Meeting Venues
Meeting Venues Recognized for outstanding hospitality, Alexandria's hotels range from a convention hotel to four-star boutique properties.
Alexandria Boutiques Step into boutiques classified by The Wall Street Journal as “some of the best stores and galleries in the [DC] region." Learn More ›