Located minutes from Washington, D.C. and named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, you’ll want to extend your stay in Old Town Alexandria, a welcoming escape on the Potomac River and an easy home base for D.C.-area attractions. Stroll historic King Street, a mile of boutiques, restaurants, museums and galleries recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America and head down to the waterfront to hop on a water taxi to D.C. Venture to nearby attractions such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon, MGM National Harbor or D.C.’s wine country and make the most of your well-earned “me” time.
Extend Your Stay
Coming to Alexandria for business? Come early or stay late to discover Old Town Alexandria and Washington, D.C. Savvy conference attendees are increasingly extending their travel dates to explore sought-after destinations without making an extra trip.
Discover Old Town
Dine Al Fresco
Unwind at one of Old Town’s waterfront restaurants and take in Potomac River views. Vola’s Dockside Grill serves comforting seafood classics with on-the-dock seating made for people watching. Then, step into Vola’s Hi-Tide Lounge for post-dinner drinks.
Sip Craft Cocktails
Sneak into a donut speakeasy or do a cocktail crawl down King Street stopping at local favorites like The Majestic, The People’s Drug, Magnolia’s on King and more for delicious craft cocktails.
Discover Local Pubs
From bars with live music to lively Irish pubs in historic buildings, Alexandria has more than 35 bars and pubs that cater to any occasion.
Port City Pint
Grab a pint from Port City Brewing Co., named the “Best Small Brewery in the U.S.” in 2015. Visit their tap room or grab a pint at an Alexandria restaurant.
Cruise the Potomac
Hop on a Potomac Riverboat Co. cruise and discover the Potomac River as you head to D.C., Georgetown, Mount Vernon and more.
Bike the Mount Vernon Trail
Eighteen miles of gorgeous riverfront trails await. The historic Mount Vernon Trail stretches from Arlington to Alexandria, winding all the way down to Mount Vernon.
Kayak or Paddleboard
Head to the Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and more waterfront fun on the Potomac.
Enjoy a sunrise run along the Potomac at one of Alexandria’s eight waterfront parks, many that offer stunning views of the Capitol and Washington Monument.
Eating Out At Night
Catch a Live Show
Tune in to local bands at Blackwall Hitch, also serving craft cocktails and stunning waterfront views. On King Street, it’s game on with shuffleboard, skeeball and live music at The Light Horse.
From rising stars to living legends, The Birchmere is America’s legendary music hall with a nightly lineup of jazz, country, R&B, folk and more in an intimate setting.
MGM National Harbor
Just across the river from Old Town, MGM National Harbor’s 3,000-seat theater welcomes acts such as Cher, Bruno Mars and Britney Spears. Have dinner in Old Town then hop on a water taxi cruise for the show.
D.C.’s newest development, The Wharf, is home to restaurants and entertainment venues like The Anthem. After dinner in Alexandria head via water taxi for a memorable concert from performers like Lorde, Florence + The Machine and more.
Explore the Region
Unwind in D.C.’s Wine Country
Sip your way through a tour of Loudon County, D.C.’s wine country. Loudon is home to more than 40 unique wineries and tasting rooms. Sample the offerings of Bluemont Vineyards, which sits high on an eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Discover Great Falls Park
Hike along Mather Gorge’s dramatic cliff tops and enjoy this 800-acre national park just 23 miles from Old Town Alexandria.
Take in Mountain Views
Outdoor adventurers can explore one of America’s best National Parks, Shenandoah, with vast hiking trails through mountains and waterfalls, or take a scenic drive along the 105-mile Skyline Drive for sweeping, breathtaking views of the valley and endless photo ops.
Head to the Beach
For a classic beach experience complete with white sandy beaches and boardwalk fun, head to Ocean City, Maryland. Located a few hours away on the Atlantic Ocean, a beach vacation is within reach.