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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

Old town Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria

4.5/5Wonderful!(580 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Old Town Alexandria, you might enjoy attractions like Lyceum and Market Square. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at King Street Station to see more of the city.

Old Town Alexandria
George Washington Masonic National Memorial showing a memorial and heritage elements

Potomac West

While you're in Potomac West, take in top sights like Birchmere and jump on the metro at Braddock Rd Station to see more of the city.

Potomac West
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Alexandria West

3.5/5Good!(207 area reviews)

While Alexandria West isn't home to many top sights, Landmark Mall and Green Spring Gardens Park are some notable places to visit nearby.

Alexandria West
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Southwest Quadrant

While Southwest Quadrant isn't home to many top sights, Lyceum and United States Patent and Trademark Office Museum are some notable places to visit nearby.

Southwest Quadrant
George Washington Masonic National Memorial showing a memorial and heritage elements

Taylor Run

While Taylor Run isn't home to many top sights, George Washington Masonic National Memorial and United States Patent and Trademark Office Museum are some notable places to visit nearby.

Taylor Run
Rosemont, Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America

Rosemont

Rosemont might not have many top sights, but George Washington Masonic National Memorial and Birchmere are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Rosemont

Top Hotels in 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
The price is $76 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from MGM National Harbor and within 12 mi (20 km) of United States Capitol and Capital One Arena. Washington ...

4.3/5Excellent! (968 reviews)

"Clean and nice hotel. They go above and beyond to make your stay enjoyable."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria Old Town Area South
Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Hilton Alexandria Old Town
4 out of 5
1767 King St, Alexandria, VA
The price is $93 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 21

Located in Old Town Alexandria, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Birchmere and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Potomac River Waterfront Park. MGM National Harbor and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (977 reviews)

"A lovely, clean property. I would stay there again any time."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa
Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa
4.5 out of 5
1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA
The price is $84 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

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! (947 reviews)

"Excellent hotel from the customer service to the cleanliness and overall experience."…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa
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.

Vacation Rentals in Alexandria

The Beautiful Alexandria Suites
The Beautiful Alexandria Suites
5 out of 5
2801 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA

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

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
The Luxe Suites of Alexandria
The Luxe Suites of Alexandria
5 out of 5
225 South Whiting Street, Alexandria, VA
The price is $136 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 18

Located in Landmark, this luxury apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Springfield Town Center, Eden Center, and Birchmere. Arlington National Cemetery ...

3.3/5 (27 reviews)

"Nice place and beautyfull I like the key system and safety of the bullding"…"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2020

The Luxe Suites of Alexandria
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 ...

3/5 (1 review)

"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
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.

Popular places to visit in Alexandria

George Washington's Mount Vernon
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George Washington's Mount Vernon

4.5/5(167 reviews)

Gain fascinating insights into the life of America’s first president at this beautifully restored country estate set on the shores of the Potomac River.

Alexandria City Hall
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Alexandria City Hall

4.5/5(12 reviews)

After visiting Alexandria City Hall, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Alexandria. Discover the area's fascinating museums and shops.

George Washington Masonic National Memorial
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George Washington Masonic National Memorial

4.5/5(104 reviews)

See the views from the observation deck of this iconic memorial, which is dedicated to the contributions of Freemasons, and specifically George Washington, to the United States.

Top things to do in Alexandria

DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi
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DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi

$49
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
DC at Dusk Night Tour
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DC at Dusk Night Tour

$58
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Washington DC National Monuments by Moonlight Trolley Tour
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Washington DC National Monuments by Moonlight Trolley Tour

$45
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Arlington National Cemetery Tour
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Arlington National Cemetery Tour

$15
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

$49
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Freedom's Fight in Alexandria
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Freedom's Fight in Alexandria

$17
Per adult

Reviews of Alexandria

4.3

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.05882352941177%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.117647058823529%
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2 - Disappointing 1.411764705882353%
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1 - Terrible 0.8235294117647058%

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

I hated it. TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE.

3/5 - Okay

Ann

May 13, 2020

It’s ok

5/5 - Excellent

Nina

May 12, 2020

Beautiful city ..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 11, 2020

Had one issue at the hotel but they really rectified it for us

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2020

It was ok

4/5 - Good

Beth

Mar 30, 2020

Cool downtown area.

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