Founded in 1749 - Southern Living

Founded in 1749 - Southern Living

Gadsby’s Tavern & Museum Alexandria Potomac River Waterfront Close to Everything — Alexandria is just 5 miles from Washington, D.C., 9 miles from Ge...

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Gadsby’s Tavern & Museum

Alexandria Potomac River Waterfront

Close to Everything — Alexandria is just 5 miles from Washington, D.C., 9 miles from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 40 minutes from Annapolis, Md., 1.5 hours from Richmond, Va., and 2.5 hours from Williamsburg, Va.

Enjoy our many historic attractions, parades, festivals, concerts, fireworks over the Potomac River, and open-air markets.

More Reasons to Celebrate Alexandria is ranked as one of the most walkable cities in North America. Getting around is easy, especially with the Free King Street Trolley!

Wonderfully Walkable Alexandria is home to some of the region’s most acclaimed restaurants. It contrasts comfortable, casual neighborhood establishments and approachable fare with world-class gourmet dining.

A Culinary Hotspot Experience our unique boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and national retail stores as you stroll brick walkways and cobblestone streets.

Unique Shopping and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Alexandria, Virginia, is nationally recognized for its abundance of 18th- and 19thcentury architecture, chic boutiques, national retail stores, fine art and antique galleries, historic attractions and award-winning restaurants. George Washington Alexandria’s rich history, walkability, and picturesque location make it a perfect getaway. Located just five miles south of Washington, D.C. and less than one mile from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Alexandria is amazingly accessible, with four Metro stops and Water Taxi service from National Harbor, Georgetown and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens. It even boasts a free King Street Trolley from the Potomac River waterfront to the King Street Metro station, with frequent stops and daily service. Featuring cobblestone side streets, gracious homes and modern hotels, Alexandria is the perfect blend of old-world charm with modern amenities and convenience. We invite you to experience Alexandria — to shop, dine and celebrate on America’s historic main streets!

A Witness to War & Reunion Alexandria had a unique role in the Civil War as the longest occupied territory. Today, with a wealth of historic sites — the homes of General Robert E. Lee's family; Fort Ward, now the best preserved remnant of the only defenses that stood between the capitol city and the South, and Freedom House, once headquarters for slave traders — Alexandria invites you to commemorate the 150th anniversary of its role as witness to war & reunion.

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Centrally Located Located at the heart of the greater Washington area, across the river from National Harbor, with four Metro stops, bus service and three airports nearby.

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Free King Street Trolley!


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Serving King Street from the Potomac River waterfront to the King Street Metrorail station with frequent stops and daily service.

Fun & Convenient Water Taxi Enjoy regular service to Alexandria from National Harbor, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Georgetown (Washington, D.C.).

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Free King Street Trolly

« Del Ray An artistic neighborhood and national historic district, main street America is still alive with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, open-air markets and annual festivals. Carlyle House — A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by Scottish merchant and city founder, John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss funding of the French and Indian War.

Venture beyond Old Town into the diverse neighborhoods that have earned Alexandria accolades as a place to live and work. These communities range from Del Ray, a small-town community acclaimed for unique, casual eateries and shops, to Eisenhower Valley, the booming home of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and familyfriendly West End, with nature preserves and parks, including the Civil War-era Fort Ward historic site.

Ghost Tours — Follow an 18th-century costumed guide by lantern light through the charming streets of Alexandria’s historic district known as Old Town, and hear ghost stories, legends and folklore. The Torpedo Factory Art Center — Since its conversion from an old munitions plant into the world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center, it is now home to 82 studios and galleries on the City's historic waterfront.

« Chic and Unique Boutiques Since its earliest days as a trading post and colonial era seaport, Alexandria has attracted shoppers with intriguing goods and exotic wares. Today Old Town offers 100-plus shops brimming with chic fashions, home accessories and specialty items—museum quality antiques, international imports, vintage barware and jewelry. ict Hysteria, in the Boutique Distr

Because of the wealth of artistic offerings throughout the city, Alexandria is consistently chosen by AmericanStyle magazine as one of the country's "Top 25 Arts Destinations." From the Del Ray Artisans community-based gallery to critically acclaimed galleries such as Gallery Lafayette and Paul McGehee's Old Town Gallery, Alexandria's galleries can accommodate every art lover's passion!

Bike and Roll Encourages You to Bike the Sites® of Alexandria with a Bike Rental. » Cruise the George Washington Parkway to Gravelly Point, ride along the Potomac River to tour Historic Mount Vernon, or skip the traffic and bike over the Memorial Bridge to explore the National Mall and the monuments. Whatever you desire, Bike and Roll is an easy way to go!

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Potomac River Experiences — Take in D.C.’s monumental views while dining aboard Nina’s Dandy. The Potomac Riverboat Company offers Seaport, Mount Vernon, Monuments, Pirate and Canine Cruises, plus Water Taxi service from National Harbor and Georgetown to Alexandria’s waterfront.

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Potomac Riverboat Water Taxi

Nina's Dandy Dinner Cruise

« Morrison House The Wharf » George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens — New state-of-the-art museums feature 25 galleries and theaters with 500+ original artifacts, hands-on exhibits, original movies and high-tech immersion experiences that illuminate George Washington's remarkable life.

Enjoy historic savings with your “Key to the City” ...Featuring admission to 9 historic attractions and 90+ special offers from shops, restaurants & attractions. Choose from two editions, each just $12-$14, available for sale at the Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House, located at 221 King Street. Go to for more details!

Old Town Alexandria » “Old Town” is a remarkable historic district, originally surveyed by George Washington. Alexandria’s waterfront was an important colonial port during the colonial, revolutionary and Civil War periods. Old Town is renowned for its cobblestone streets, early-American architecture and churches, museums, shops and restaurants.


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« Fontaine Caffe & Creperie

« Little Theatre of Alexandria The area's oldest continuously operating theater.

More Info at Find information on local attractions, events, accommodations, dining and shopping online at our mobile-ready website. You can even make travel, hotel and restaurant reservations online. And be sure to sign up for our “Access Alexandria” email updates!