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Alexandria, VA: A Waterfront City Within Eyesight of Washington, D.C.


Alexandria, Virginia welcomes you to drop anchor and see for yourself why we were named one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities in the U.S 2023 and one of The South’s Best Cities 2024 by Southern Living. Stroll cobblestoned streets and stumble upon the unexpected, including more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques.

During your visit, discover dozens of Black-owned businesses to upgrade your wardrobe, visit an Insta-worthy sweets spot or raise a glass over a delicious meal. Wander through immersive waterfront experiences including public artwork and the expanded African American Heritage Trails. Unpack history with the reopened Freedom House Museum and Alexandria Black History Museum. Start planning your stay—There’s a seat for you here.

“Some places take you by the hand and make you want to stay a while – That’s Alexandria.”

– Gary Williams Jr., Creator, Entrepreneur, Alexandria Resident

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“From green space to restaurants to shops to architecture, Alexandria has everything.”

– Nicole McGrew, Entrepreneur and Alexandria resident

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“From the labor of the enslaved, political reformation, to business, community and culture, Black folks have built Alexandria into what it is today. And we are still building.”

– John T. Chapman, Founder of Manumission Tour Company

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