Family at Water Taxi

DC Vacation

Planning a Washington, D.C. vacation and looking for the perfect home base? Stay in Alexandria, recognized by Money magazine as the #1 Best U.S. Travel Destination 2018 for being a high-value, inexpensive outpost for D.C. travelers, and rated by Condé Nast Traveler readers as a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2020 alongside Charleston and Santa Fe. 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 by SmartAsset and one of the South’s Best Cities 2020 by Southern Living, making it the perfect launchpad for your D.C. vacation.

Those not yet fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask in shared indoor and outdoor public settings. All visitors must wear masks when required inside certain businesses.

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 ›
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 Find out why Alexandria was ranked #1 by Money magazine as a high-value destination. Learn More ›
Alexandria a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. Alexandria is ranked a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. by the 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for the third consecutive year. 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 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.

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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