Historic Waterfront City Within Eyesight of the Nation’s Capital

Planning a Washington, D.C. vacation and looking for the perfect home base? Stay in Alexandria, with hotels on average 30% more affordable than D.C., and rated by Condé Nast Traveler readers as a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 alongside Aspen and Charleston. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants tucked into 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown, making Alexandria the perfect place to come home to after a busy day exploring the nation’s capital. Visitors love staying in Alexandria because of its accessibility via Metrorail,water taxi and more, historic charm, waterfront location, proximity to D.C. and walkability. Alexandria was also named one of the South’s Best Cities on the Rise 2022 by Southern Living, making it the perfect launchpad for your D.C. vacation.


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.

After a busy day in D.C., come home to Old Town Alexandria to stroll, dine, relax and enjoy waterfront views. Getting to D.C. is easy with water taxi access, rideshare, bikeshare and more. Hotels range from boutique stays with waterfront views to popular chain-brands. With intimate historic sites and attractions like the Torpedo Factory Art Center, you’ll want to make time to explore Alexandria during your stay.

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