Spend an afternoon strolling one square mile of historic streetscapes in Old Town Alexandria, a nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, and revel in the range of design styles, from Federal to Victorian:
- Start at Alexandria’s own pastel-hued “Painted Ladies” on the 500 block of S. Fairfax Street.
- See pretty-in-pink Athenaeum, built in the Greek Revival style and today an art gallery serving as home of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association
- Then, wind your way to Prince Street’s cobblestoned Captain’s Row.
- Pass Greek Palladian-style Carlyle House on N. Fairfax St., home of Scottish city founder John Carlyle.
- Discover colorful colonial homes on Queen Street, including its crown jewel—tiny, cobalt blue Spite House.
- End by resting in the gardens at Christ Church, the 18th-century English country-style church on N. Washington Street.
Learn more about Alexandria’s architectural wonders here.