The home of much of America’s colonial heritage, Alexandria was a bustling port town founded by Scottish merchants in 1749. It’s colorful past is still alive in restored 18th and 19th century townhouses, churches and taverns, on the cobbled streets. On the revitalized waterfront, where artisans display their wares, is the popular Torpedo Factory, an old warehouse converted into artist’s studios, often open to the public. The shops and restaurants alone would be worth the trip for sightseers, but the strong sense of history and charm pervade every street of Old Town. This elegant, historic village has a Metro stop on King Street and good access to downtown via the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Alexandria, Virginia is an independent city located along the Potomac River, six miles south of downtown Washington, DC. The historic center of Alexandria, known as Old Town, is the third oldest historic district in the United States. The charming neighborhood contains more than 4,200 historic buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, including homes, churches, museums, shops, small businesses and restaurants.
Alexandria is the center of nightlife in Northern Virginia and is a popular destination for tourists as well as residents of the DC/Capital region.
For more information, visit Alexandria.gov.