Voted one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities in the U.S 2023 and a Condé Nast Traveler Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2023, historic Alexandria, Virginia is a welcoming weekend escape on the Potomac River minutes from Washington, D.C. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, a home base for your D.C. vacation or an LGBTQ-friendly destination, Alexandria is the perfect place to unwind and use as a launchpad for exploring the region. Visiting Alexandria or D.C. for work? Come early or stay late and discover our rich collection of historic sites, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon 8 miles south of Old Town, and vibrant independent restaurant and shopping scene. For ideas and inspiration, see our itineraries below.