Top Reasons to Visit

On the Potomac River within eyesight of Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture—an extraordinary backdrop for acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants; a thriving boutique scene; vibrant arts and culture; and a welcoming, walkable lifestyle. Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria is the relaxed and refined home base for your D.C. vacation and an unforgettable getaway of its own. Need more reasons to visit? Check out the ideas below. Want even more ideas? View our Old Town weekend itinerary and DC family vacation itinerary.

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Get admission to 9 historic sites, plus 40% off admission to George Washington's Mount Vernon, tall ship Providence, and the Potomac Riverboat Water Taxi by Hornblower. Available here online or at the Alexandria Visitor Center for just $20!
Things to Do in Alexandria Now Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a local looking for the perfect activity, here’s where to start. Learn More ›
Trace George Washington's Footsteps Venture to Mount Vernon, his longtime home, Gadsby's Tavern, the site of his first birthnight ball, and more historic spots he frequented. See More ›
Tours By boat, bike or foot, explore Alexandria's history, restaurants and waterfront through one of many unique tours, like a late night ghost tour or the… Learn More ›
Alexandria History Examine the city's colorful history at the Lyceum, see the home of Alexandria's founder, John Carlyle, at the famed Carlyle House or uncover the… See More ›
Signature Sips Indulge in a locally brewed pint of beer from Port City Brewing Company, a cocktail from celebrated mixologist Todd Thrasher at PX or a glass of… See More ›
Distinctive Dining Experience Alexandria's culture through food in its buzzworthy culinary scene brimming with epicurean delights at chef-driven restaurants including… See More ›
Potomac River Waterfront Set sail on a sightseeing trip aboard a riverboat or take a leisurely walk and enjoy the gorgeous views of the DC monuments on the horizon. See More ›
Torpedo Factory Art Center Visit three floors of studios and galleries, meet artists in their studios and see real torpedoes at a former World War II-era torpedo plant. See More ›
Shop King Street If you’re looking for a shopping district in the DC area with panache and authentic charm, Old Town Alexandria’s historic King Street can’t be beat. Learn More ›
Do Del Ray! Meet Old Town's quirky counterpart, Del Ray, and mosey down Mt. Vernon Avenue for a day of boutique shopping, family fun and delectable eats. See More ›