Top Reasons to Visit

Alexandria, Virginia, is a destination with sophisticated style, extraordinary attractions, and exquisite cuisine. As rich in culture as it is in history, the city on the Potomac links America’s storied past with its celebrated present.

A quick ride by boat, car, or train transports visitors to the National Mall, making Alexandria an unparalleled home base for visiting the nation’s capital, but Washington politicos and celebrities cross in the other direction for the galleries, boutiques, and award-winning restaurants that line Alexandria’s cobbled streets.

What makes the city so extraordinary? Among hundreds of experiences to enjoy, here are 10 reasons to visit Alexandria to start you off!

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Get admission to 8 historic sites plus a 40% discount at George Washington's Mount Vernon.  Available here online or at the Alexandria Visitor Center for just $15!
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 ›
How to Shop on 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 ›