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AlexandriaUnited States of America

Located across the river from Washington, D.C, this Virginia city offers a charming atmosphere, historical attractions and easy access to the nation's capital.

Alexandria's history is deeply ingrained in the founding of the United States. The Lyceum offers a glimpse into life as it was in the nineteenth century and engages visitors with lectures and tours. Learn about the role that Alexandria played in the Civil War at the Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site. The museum's interactive exhibits provide an ideal way to engage young children. Carlyle House is another destination where history comes to life; explore a day in the life of a colonial American on one of their costumed interpretive tours.

Shopping and dining await in Old Town, a neighborhood that looks much as it did in the 19th century. Explore this historic district aboard the King Street Trolley, a free transport system that runs from the waterfront to the Metro Station. From the Metro station, Washington, D.C. is just a 45-minute subway ride away.

Take in the local flavor at Torpedo Factory Art Center, a World War II torpedo manufacturing plant which is now populated by shops, galleries and restaurants. Located on the waterfront, this is an ideal place to admire views of the D.C. skyline in the distance. Explore the Potomac River from another perspective aboard a river cruise.

Dinner and a live performance are all on the menu at Birchmere Music Hall, a venue that hosts some of the biggest musicians. Take a Ghost & Graveyard tour for a spooky and entertaining look into the region’s history that will appeal to children and adults alike.

Alexandria's bike share system offers rental stations throughout the city. Ride along the Mount Vernon Trail, which weaves along the banks of the Potomac River. The trail extends all the way to Washington, D.C.

The city is just 7 miles (11.3 kilometers) east of Washington, D.C., providing you with a central location and refuge from the activity of the nation's capital. Washington Dulles International Airport is 33 miles (53.1 kilometers) east of Alexandria.

Visit the landmarks in Washington, D.C., then head across the Potomac River to enjoy the historical and cultural delights that make Alexandria such a popular destination.

Where to stay in Alexandria

Top Hotels in Alexandria

Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa
Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa
4.5 out of 5
1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA
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Located in Old Town Alexandria, this luxury hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Potomac River Waterfront Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Birchmere. MGM National Harbor ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (944 reviews)

"It was very nice. So fancy and I just felt like if it was very relaxing. For example we got a glass of wine and could sit along the fireplace. It was also very easy to check in and the staff new what they were doing."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa
Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria
Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria
3.5 out of 5
801 N Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA
The price is CA $105 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Located in Old Town North, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from John Carlyle House, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Arlington National Cemetery and Washington Monument. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (972 reviews)

"Great location close to restaurants and Old Town shops. Close to Potomac and walking and biking trails. Nicely remodeled property."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2020

Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria - Old Town
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria - Old Town
3 out of 5
625 First St, Alexandria, VA
The price is CA $104 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Old Town North, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Market Square and Torpedo Factory Art Center. George Washington Masonic ...

3.9/5Very Good! (975 reviews)

"We were within walking distance from our sons apartment and to restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 1, 2020

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria - Old Town
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Vacation Rentals in Alexandria

Sonder - The Avenue Flats
Sonder - The Avenue Flats
3.5 out of 5
2415 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA

Located in Potomac West, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Birchmere and 3 mi (4.7 km) from Fashion Center at Pentagon City. Pentagon Row is 3 mi ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)

"Very clean and cozy studio apartment in a quiet residential area"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 11, 2020

Sonder - The Avenue Flats
Kasa Alexandria Apartments
Kasa Alexandria Apartments
4 out of 5
3110 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA

Located in Potomac West, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Birchmere and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Fashion Center at Pentagon City. Pentagon Row is 2.4 ...

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)

"I have mix reviews about my stay, upon arrival the door code wasn’t activated, I called and text the property and could not get in contact with anyone for 15 minutes, which mean I had to stay in the hallway the whole time. Secondly i wasn’t aware the TV was unable to air basic channels which would ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2020

Kasa Alexandria Apartments
The Beautiful Alexandria Suites
The Beautiful Alexandria Suites
5 out of 5
2801 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA
The price is CA $124 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in Alexandria West, this luxury apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Birchmere, Arlington National Cemetery and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. ...

3.5/5Good! (24 reviews)

"Very easy to check in and out of. Lots of space for a good price. Full apartment was nice."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 27, 2020

The Beautiful Alexandria Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Alexandria

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Feb 25, 2020

A great feel with a lot of historic charm and a very easy commute via the Metro into DC!!!

4/5 - Good

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Sep 30, 2019

We only drove through Old Alexandria, but it looked interesting with small shops & restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 4, 2019

Lovely and quaint town feel with nice eateries and shops. People were friendly and it felt safe and clean. Walkable streets with lots to explore.

4/5 - Good

Colleen

May 21, 2019

Old Town Alexandria was great.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 16, 2019

Alexandria is a little gem! Loved everything about it. Close to DC, old Town Alexandria is beautiful and the Waterfront was amazing! I would ho back just to see that town!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 8, 2019

Alexandria is a beautiful place! Excellent location just being outside of DC and a bit cheaper. The Waterfront and Old Town Alexandria I absolutely loved and would visit again and highly recommend. I felt very comfortable being there.

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