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Exploring the Region

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Within eyesight of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront and minutes from the Reagan National Airport, Alexandria, Virginia is the perfect launchpad for your next vacation. Accessible via Metro, water taxi and bike share, staying in Alexandria makes it easy to also explore nearby attractions during your visit. Alexandria is the perfect place to come home to. Follow in George Washington’s footsteps and survey the region. Here are some must-see sites near Alexandria.

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Mount Vernon Sunrise

MOUNT VERNON Only eight miles south of Alexandria lies the most visited historic estate in America: George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Step back in time at the first president’s beautiful riverside estate, and explore the mansion, working farm, tomb, visitor facilities with 25 galleries and theaters, and more.

Smithsonian Natrual History Museum

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS ON THE NATIONAL MALL Awe-inducing museums and monuments on the National Mall. The sense that things happen here. A trip to D.C. pairs with an Alexandria vacation like democracy and America. Leave the car behind and get to D.C. via water taxi or Metro and explore our nation’s capital.

National Harbor

NATIONAL HARBOR All aboard! Located just across the Potomac River, cruise on a water taxi to National Harbor, where you’ll find a carousel, the Capital Wheel, Tanger Outlets and Topgolf National Harbor.

MGM Casino in Alexandria

MGM NATIONAL HARBOR Accessible via water taxi or the NH2 shuttle, MGM National Harbor features restaurants led by celebrity chefs such as José Andrés and the Voltaggio brothers, a casino and a 3,000-seat theater that brings in acts such as Bruno Mars, Sting and Kings of Leon.

Water Taxi

THE WHARF DC’s Southwest Waterfront known as “The Wharf” features a mile-long stretch along the Potomac River with concert venues like The Anthem, restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses. Have dinner in Old Town and then hop on the Potomac Riverboat Company by Hornblower’s high-speed water taxi to The Wharf to catch your favorite show.  

Arlington Cemetery

ARLINGTON, VA. Visit Arlington House and pay your respects to America’s bravest or see the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame at the Arlington National Cemetery, only a few Metro stops away from Alexandria. While in Arlington, visit the US Marine Corps War Memorial and the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.

Regional Winery

WINE COUNTRY Clink! Find delicious blends and picturesque views at nearby wineries. You won’t even need a designated driver with Fleet Transportation’s tour that leaves from Alexandria, taking visitors to Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery in Delaplane, Virginia. Or, hit the road to “D.C.’s wine country” in Loudoun County, where you’ll find more than 35 wineries.