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West End in Alexandria

Only eight miles from downtown Washington, D.C., with easy access to I-395, the West End is Alexandria's largest and fastest-growing neighborhood. The West End is home to the city's craft beer scene with the headquarters of award-winning Port City Brewing Company as well as critically-lauded international dining, including some of the best Thai, Vietnamese and Ethiopian food in the region. You’ll also find historic parks like the 45-acre Civil War-era Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, Dora Kelly Nature Park and Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, where you can see flora and fauna.

West End Gems:

Fort Ward Fort Ward is the best preserved of the extensive network of Union forts and batteries known as the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Learn More ›
Port City Brewing Co. Since 2011, Port City’s artisanal, locally-crafted ales have won national awards and local affection. Take a brewery tour or enjoy a beer flight. Learn More ›
Smoking Kow BBQ Smoking Kow BBQ, serves all-handcrafted tortillas, sauces, rubs and hardwood smoked meats. Learn More ›
Hilton Alexandria at Mark Center With a lakeside setting, Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, minutes from Old Town, features contemporary elegance and invites visitors to dine at Finn and… Learn More ›