Things to Do in Washington DC : Visit Alexandria
Founded in 1749, Alexandria celebrates a rich heritage while offering modern fun and recreation. Savor innovative cuisine at award-winning restaurants, many of which are owned and operated by local chefs. Browse our boutiques and specialty shops. Stroll 250-year-old brick-paved streets lined with 18th-and 19th-century architecture.
Getting to Alexandria from anywhere in the DC area could not be easier. Hop on the Metro and head out to the Kings Street – Old Town Alexandria stop. The Free King Street Trolley runs every 15 minutes between N. Union Street and the King Street Metro station from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. daily, with 20 stops for hopping on and off to explore more than 180 shops, restaurants and attractions found along Old Town’s main thoroughfare.
Once you have made it to Alexandria, there is plenty to do. Visit several sites highlighting the city’s role in the American Revolution and the Civil War. Enjoy quiet reflection in Christ Church, where George Washington and Robert E. Lee worshipped. Savor a glass of wine and gourmet cuisine at Gadsby’s Tavern where the founding fathers socialized and Thomas Jefferson celebrated his presidential inaugural.
Recently voted the, “Third Best Arts Destination Among Mid-Size Cities” by AmericanStyle magazine readers, Alexandria is home to several Arts organizations including the Torpedo Factory Art Center with working studios of 140-plus artists, the Art League School and the Del Ray Artisans. With art galleries, live theatre and performance venues, you will find that Alexandria offers a host of cultural attractions.
And don’t forget the waterfront. Alexandria rests on the historic banks of the Potomac River. The waterfront is a cheerful place to walk and enjoy the scenic views of the National Harbor and Washington D.C. The Alexandria waterfront is also a popular location for enjoying live music and street performers. Many restaurants offer delicious meals along the water, or you can grab a quick bite to eat and relax on a bench as sailboats glide by on the beautiful Potomac River.
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