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Visit Alexandria, A Top 5 Small City with Big Cosmopolitan Vibes


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. Voted one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities in the U.S. 2022 and a Condé Nast Traveler Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2022, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital.

Founded in 1749 and boasting the nation’s third oldest historic district, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel. Stroll Old Town Alexandria’s King Street mile to find more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques plus intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. Alexandria is the perfect home base for your D.C. vacation and an unforgettable getaway of its own.

What’s New in Alexandria, VA in 2023

Black History & Culture

Top 18 Things to Do in Old Town Alexandria

The Ultimate King Street Shopping Guide for Old Town Alexandria

The Best Heated Outdoor Dining in Alexandria

Travel + Leisure: The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2023

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Alexandria is 5 miles south of Washington, D.C., a water taxi ride away from National Harbor and a bike ride from Mount Vernon.

Alexandria Accolades

15 Best Cities in the United States 2022

In 2022, Travel + Leisure readers voted for Alexandria as one of the “Best Cities in the U.S.” citing the city’s dining and shopping scene, along with walking trails along the Potomac.

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Best Small Cities in the U.S. 2022

See why Alexandria has ranked among Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 5 “Best Small Cities in the U.S.” for five consecutive years.

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50 Best Places to Travel in 2023

Explore why Travel + Leisure listed Alexandria at the top of its “50 Best Places to Travel in 2023,” among international destinations like Cairo and the Nile, Havana, the UK, Venice and more.

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The South's Best Cities on the Rise 2022

Take a stroll down King Street and delight in a treasure trove of independent eateries and boutiques to see why Alexandria was named one of the “South’s Best Cities on the Rise” by Southern Living in 2022.

Southern Living

Discover seasonal events, where to shop, sip and savor and more insider intel in “The Best Of” series.


Events & Festivals

February 11, 2023
Alexandria Black History Museum
February 3 - February 24, 2023
Charles E. Beatley, Jr., Central Library


Alexandria is currently at a medium COVID-19 community level. Wearing a mask is not required in most settings, but individuals are welcome to do so at any time; certain businesses may still require masks. Learn more.


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