About Alexandria

by SmarterTravel Staff
Virginia: Alexandria (Photo: iStockphoto/Olga Bogatyrenko)

Visitors to Alexandria, Virginia, will find themselves surrounded by historical significance and modern conveniences. Only minutes away from Washington, D.C., the city of Alexandria offers the best of a small town and a major metropolis. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of George Washington by exploring Mount Vernon; Christ Church, where he attended services; Gadsby's Tavern, which he patronized; and the George Washington Masonic Memorial, which is patterned after a lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt. The cobbled streets of Old Town Alexandria wind through enchanting boutiques, antique stores, and galleries. Arts fans can also discover the treasures at Torpedo Factory Art Center, a revamped plant that now holds more than 80 studios, galleries, and workshops.

Alexandria is served by Ronald Regan Washington National Airport, about 10 minutes away; Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport, about 40 minutes away; and Washington Dulles International Airport, about 50 minutes away.

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