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Alexandria, LA
Travel Guide

Visit George Washington’s Virginian hometown to see the house where he lived for many years, the church where he worshipped and many other historically significant landmarks.

Washington, D.C. may bear George Washington’s name, but he actually lived for most of his life in Alexandria, a historic city that lies just across the Potomac River. Today Alexandria offers visitors picturesque cobblestone streets and many historic buildings.

Many visitors to Alexandria start their exploration of the city at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s mansion. This residence began as a one-story farmhouse in 1735, but Washington built it up to its present-day grandeur. See accurate restorations of the rooms from the time he lived there and then step out onto the square for a view of the neighboring Potomac River. Hike across the vast lawn, which slopes down away from the mansion. It is best to visit Mount Vernon as early in the day as possible as it can get crowded later.

Many historic sites throughout Alexandria offer an insight into Washington’s daily life. Sit in the pews at Christ Church where he worshipped or browse the remedies and potions he used to purchase at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. Visit the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum which was frequented by Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The museum also includes the City Hotel, which was built in 1792.

Washington isn’t the only American hero honored in Alexandria. Visit the Alexandria National Cemetery to see the graves of many of the soldiers who died during the Civil War. Before serving as a cemetery, this site was where soldiers camped to defend the capitol against invasion from the Confederate Army.

Climb to the top of the tower of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial for the best view of Alexandria. Gaze along the broad King Street over the city center and out to the Potomac River to the west.

Alexandria is served by the subway system of Washington, D.C. so it is very easy to get around. Washington, D.C. has an airport and a shuttle bus can drop you off in the capital from where you can take the metro to Alexandria.

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Alexandria Airport
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Alexandria Airport
2 out of 5
6017 Old Boyce Rd, Alexandria, LA
The price is $53 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Alexandria, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from OakWing Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Johnny Downs Sports Complex and Rapides Women's and Children's ...

3.4/5 (651 reviews)

"Service was great, room was clean my only issue were stained towels."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Alexandria Airport
Hotel Bentley
Hotel Bentley
4 out of 5
200 DeSoto St, Alexandria, LA
The price is $99 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Situated in Alexandria, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center. Alexandria Zoological ...

4.3/5Excellent! (305 reviews)

"Half of our room looked tilted and the floor had a huge step up where it was cracking and there was no hot water. We really enjoyed the little museum and sitting outside at night was nice."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Hotel Bentley
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Alexandria Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Alexandria Airport
2.5 out of 5
6116 W Calhoun Dr, Alexandria, LA
The price is $62 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from OakWing Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Johnny Downs Sports Complex and Rapides Women's and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (668 reviews)

"It is relaxing and peaceful all thr accommodation are wonderful i really like it here"…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Alexandria Airport
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.
Sparkling Near Cleco / P&G 55" 4K TV King Bed
Sparkling Near Cleco / P&G 55" 4K TV King Bed
Pineville, LA
The price is $74 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Situated in Pineville, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center. Pineville ...

Sparkling Near Cleco / P&G 55" 4K TV King Bed
Purified Near Hospitals Has Office King Bed
Purified Near Hospitals Has Office King Bed
Pineville, LA
The price is $62 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

Located in the heart of Pineville, this historic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect month stay

"Had a great stay at this place! Perfect for a longer stay. Quick response to any questions I have. Would definitely stay again!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2020

Purified Near Hospitals Has Office King Bed
Pristine Near Downtown Has Office 55" 4K TV
Pristine Near Downtown Has Office 55" 4K TV
Pineville, LA

Located in the heart of Pineville, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center. ...

Pristine Near Downtown Has Office 55" 4K TV
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

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
115
5 - Excellent 24.945770065075923%
4 - Good
216
4 - Good 46.85466377440347%
3 - Okay
109
3 - Okay 23.644251626898047%
2 - Disappointing
12
2 - Disappointing 2.6030368763557483%
1 - Terrible
9
1 - Terrible 1.9522776572668112%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

I just love my family that’s here

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 12, 2020

The people were nice and the food was great.

4/5 - Good

A.Holmes

Mar 13, 2020

This is a quiet city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

Roads were a bit confusing but overall the town is nice

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

No

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

The worst place I've ever been. It was just really depressing. The city lacked identity. They really need someone to come develop there. It was a half arsed city. Just horrible. Don't visit unless you have to

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