In the southwestern part of the city, Carlyle and the Eisenhower Valley is Alexandria’s contemporary counterpoint to historic Old Town. Known as an “economic engine of Alexandria,” with scores of businesses taking root here, the neighborhood celebrates the spirit of science and innovation. The National Science Foundation is located in Carlyle, along with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which is home to the National Inventors Hall of Fame museum. Take in Alexandria’s history at the African American Heritage Park and the Edmonson Sisters sculpture. Outdoor spaces host community events and pop-up shops, and the dining scene keeps the mix of old and new fresh, with local favorites like Table Talk and Sweet Fire Donna’s anchoring new spots like Whiskey & Oyster and Tequila and Taco.