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., voted one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities in the U.S 2023 alongside Austin and Charleston and ranked by Money as one of the Best Places to Travel in 2023 for luxury on a budget. 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 Top 5 Best Small Cities in the U.S. 2022 by Condé Nast Traveler, making it the perfect launchpad for your D.C. vacation.