National Stores

Locally owned shops may lend an indie vibe to Alexandria, VA, but that hasn’t stopped national retailers from flocking to the port city, making it one of the region’s top shopping destinations. Serious shoppers find familiar brands on Old Town’s cobbled King Street: think Banana Republic, LOFT, H&M, Sur la Table, Lululemon and Gap, among other favorites, while Macy’s anchors the shopping scene in West End.