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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 named a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2022 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. 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 new immersive waterfront experiences including public artwork and the expanded African American Heritage Trails. Unpack history with the newly 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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“I knew I wanted to come to Alexandria because of how much I was embraced by the community.”

-Brandon Byrd, Owner of Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats

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

– Nicole McGrew, Chair of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

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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, City Councilman, Founder of Manumission Tour Company

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