Stay in Alexandria for Your D.C. Vacation

Historic Waterfront City Within Eyesight of the Nation’s Capital

Planning a Washington, D.C. vacation and looking for the perfect home base? Stay in Alexandria, with hotels on average 30% more affordable than D.C., and rated by Condé Nast Traveler readers as a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 alongside Aspen and Charleston. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants tucked into 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown, making Alexandria the perfect place to come home to after a busy day exploring the nation’s capital. Visitors love staying in Alexandria because of its accessibility via Metrorail, water taxi and more, historic charm, waterfront location, proximity to D.C. and walkability. Alexandria was also named one of the South’s Best Cities 2020 by Southern Living, making it the perfect launchpad for your D.C. vacation.

Based on the latest CDC health guidance, it is recommended that everyone wear a mask in public indoor spaces in Alexandria, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required in all public indoor spaces in Washington, D.C.

DC Family Vacation Itinerary Minutes from D.C. on the Potomac River, Alexandria is a centrally located, affordable and historic home base for your capital getaway. Start Planning ›
Top 18 Things to Do in Old Town Here are the can't-miss experiences in nationally renowned Old Town Alexandria to add to your itinerary. Learn More ›
See What's Open in D.C. Find the latest updates on attractions, museums, venues, festivals, events and more in D.C. Learn More ›
Great Walks in Alexandria Get inspired with our curated walks, from an architecture-themed excursion to a waterside stroll to a Del Ray mural tour and more. Start Strolling ›
Experience the Waterfront A busy seaport for centuries, Alexandria's waterfront juxtaposes historic authenticity and new happenings along the Potomac River. Learn More ›
Where to Stay Take your pick from boutique hotels steps from the waterfront and restaurants to brands you love. Book Now ›
DC Tours Whether you prefer touring by bus, by bike or by water, view our nation’s monuments and memorials on these DC tours. Learn More ›
Alexandria a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. Alexandria is ranked a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. by the 2021 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards alongside Aspen and Charleston. Learn More ›

After a busy day in D.C., come home to Old Town Alexandria to stroll, dine, relax and enjoy waterfront views. Getting to D.C. is easy with water taxi access, rideshare, bikeshare and more. Hotels range from boutique stays with waterfront views to popular chain-brands. With intimate historic sites and attractions like the Torpedo Factory Art Center, you’ll want to make time to explore Alexandria during your stay.

A couple on a water taxi passing the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial

Transportation Options

Water Taxi to D.C. Want to spend the day in D.C.? Hop on a water taxi from Old Town and head to The Wharf, with easy access to the National Mall, Georgetown, National’s… Learn More ›
Taxi & Carshare When you need a car, Alexandria and the D.C. area offer several easy options. Learn More ›
Getting to Alexandria Alexandria’s close proximity to three major airports and minutes from D.C. make getting here and around easy. Learn More ›
Unlimited Biking Rent a hybrid bike, kids equipment and more from Old Town Alexandria and pedal along the waterfront Mount Vernon Trail to the National Mall. Learn More ›
Capital Bikeshare Take a ride around Alexandria or into D.C. on metro D.C.’s bikeshare program with hundreds of stations throughout the region. Learn More ›
Metrorail & Bus Alexandria is connected to the D.C. region through four Metrorail stations and the Metrobus system. Learn More ›

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