Alexandria, VA

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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

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Washington DC - Alexandria 
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Washington DC - Alexandria 
2.5 out of 5
5975 Richmond Highway, Belle Haven, Alexandria, VA, 22303
The price is $82 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Alexandria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.7/5 Good! (967 reviews)
"Beds were pretty comfortable. Room was clean. Decent water pressure in the shower. Inside the rooms it was quiet, never was disturbed by neighbors noises. 25ish minute walk to the metro. The grounds themselves were pretty unkempt, and stepping out of the room you were immediately hit with some *incense* ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Washington DC - Alexandria 
Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria Old Town Area South
Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria Old Town Area South
2.5 out of 5
5821 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA, 22303
The price is $140 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Alexandria. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (980 reviews)
"Breakfast times should be posted in hotel room. Other than that, everything was seamless!"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria Old Town Area South
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
3.5 out of 5
5000 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA, 22311
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $141 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Alexandria. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the overall value in ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,037 reviews)
"Very clean and comfortable rooms. Nice breakfast but a bit pricey. Very convenient parking."

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
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.
Sonder The Avenue Flats
Sonder The Avenue Flats
3.5 out of 5
2415 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22301
The price is $110 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Alexandria. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and concierge services. Popular attractions Arlington National Cemetery ...
4/5 Very Good! (10 reviews)
Alexandria weekend
"We enjoyed our 3 night stay- location was excellent, lots of shops and food options in the neighborhood. The studio apartment was large, bright and comfortable. The room was very clean with the exception of the shower- the black mildewed grout around the base of the shower was very off putting. The ..."

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

Sonder The Avenue Flats
Kasa Alexandria Potomac
Kasa Alexandria Potomac
4 out of 5
3110 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA, 22305
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Alexandria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Arlington National Cemetery and Lincoln ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (7 reviews)
"The dining options were excellent, especially in Old Town Alexandria. Parking for full-size motor vehicles was very limited."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Kasa Alexandria Potomac
Sonder The Grace
Sonder The Grace
3.5 out of 5
805 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314
The price is $162 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Alexandria. Enjoy free WiFi, concierge services, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions MGM National Harbor and Arlington ...
3.7/5 Good! (18 reviews)
"Very convenient location"

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Sonder The Grace
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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