DC Vacation

Planning a Washington, D.C. vacation and looking for the perfect home base? Stay in Alexandria, MONEY’s #1 Best U.S. Travel Destination for 2018 for delivering the highest value for your dollar and being an “inexpensive outpost for travelers to the D.C.-area.” 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 Safest Cities in America (#2) by SmartAsset, and a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards making it the perfect launchpad for your D.C. vacation.

Map of Alexandria and DC Region

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 ›
Old Town Alexandria Weekend Itinerary Enjoy a relaxing weekend in Old Town Alexandria, named a Top 5 Small City by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Get Inspired ›
Easy Access from DC Getting to Alexandria is easy. Hop on the Metro, take a scenic water taxi, ride a bike or take advantage of a short cab ride. Take a ride ›
Alexandria Hotels From boutique to popular chain-brand hotels within walking distance of dining and shopping, often 30% cheaper than hotels in D.C., Alexandria is the… Book a Room ›
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 Named #1 Best U.S. Travel Destination Money magazine recently announced their list of Best Destinations for 2018. Find out why Alexandria was named #1. Learn More ›

After a busy day in D.C. come home to Old Town Alexandria to stroll, dine, relax and enjoy waterfront views. At the heart of Old Town is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. Getting to D.C. is easy with Metro and water taxi access. Hotels range from boutique hotels 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. See for yourself in our 360° virtual tour.

Transportation Options

Getting to Alexandria Alexandria’s close proximity to three major airports and minutes from D.C. make getting here and around easy. Learn More ›
Metrorail & Bus Go car-free and explore D.C. and the region by using one of four Metrorail stations in Alexandria or the Metrobus system. Learn More ›
Water Taxi to The Wharf Check out D.C.’s newest development, The Wharf, with this new high-speed water taxi that also goes to Georgetown. Learn More ›
Bike and Roll 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 ›
Water Taxi to the National Mall Take the scenic route from Old Town to the National Mall aboard the seasonal water taxi. En route, enjoy skyline views of Old Town and Washington on a…

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