Alexandria Travel Guide

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    February sunrise in Alexandria
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Alexandria Highlights

  • Pro
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    Yaqui says…

     A wonderful city filled with our countries history! 

  • Con
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    b1bob says…

     The traffic, the prices at some businesses, and being overrun by tourists. 

  • In a nutshell
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    zanzooni says…

     Historical, but very urban funky. 

Alexandria Things to Do

  • Martha Washington's Wedding Dress

    Mount Vernon displays a portrait of Martha Washington in her wedding attire. Her dress is of gold material with a purple overlay and is displayed along with the shoes and necklace. I guess Martha liked bucking the traditional bridal white...

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  • History Making Meeting Places

    The Old Presbyterian Meeting House seen today was built after a fire destroyed the original building in 1835. Though this was and is an active church it is called "Meeting House" as a reference to the time when all other religious congregations, except the Church of England, which was the only recognized church, had to be called "meetings." TYou'll...

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  • Once torpedoes, now paintings

    Visit the Torpedo Factory Art Gallery down on the waterfront. Its free.This used to be a torpedo factory from the end of WWI through WWII. In fact, after the war this building housed the official transcripts of the Neuremberg Trials! Later they were transferred to the National Archives.

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  • Explore Old Town

    Old Town Alexandria is the oldest section of Alexandria and where most of the historic landmarks can be found in the city. Old Town dates back to 1749 and chocked full of historic houses, shops, parks, restuarants and art galleries. Old Town Alexandria is one of my favorite spots in the D.C area and I prefer to stay in the area if the Westin has...

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  • Alexandria Archaeology Museum

    Located at the Torpedo Factory Art Center on the third floor, the museum has interesting exhibits of the history of Alexandria going back centuries. Now this was not something I sought out to so, I just chance upon it just like the Art center while at the Marina. It does take someone with keen archaeological interest to spend time going through the...

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  • George Washington Masonic Memorial

    Perhaps one of the more exciting and historic of the attractions in Alexandria is the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Now, you do not need a guided tour to see it all, however, if you are one of those people who likes guides, you will be glad to know that guided tours are offered daily, several times a day to two exhibits; the George Washington...

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  • A Step Back In Time

    Straight out of the 18th century, costumed servers entertaining with toasts, songs and humor, hard wood floors, hurrican lamps on the walls and period music playing in the background, gives the feeling that George Washington and his wife Martha can walk in at any second! We ate downstairs and I guess upstairs they have a more elegant dining room...

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  • Cheesecake Ice Cream

    Pop's is an old fashioned ice cream shop. They have a large variety of homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors. They also make sundaes, root beer flots, egg creams and have frozen yogurt. The ice cream flavors of the day are posted on a board above the counter with flavors such as Mango, Cookie Dough, Cheescake and the traditional flavors.The...

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  • Frozen Custard

    We stopped by the creamery for something cold on a hot day in Old Town Alexandria. My daughter saw the sign first; in giant letters the word 'Ice Cream' popped up and she screamed 'Mum, there is an ice cream shop'. the next thing was us buying ice cream and frozen custard.I have never eaten custard the way I ate it from this creamery. A frozen soft...

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Alexandria Nightlife

  • Tiffany Tavern - King Street, Old Town

    The first time I walked down King Street from the Metro to Murphy's Irish Pub I noticed the live music at the Tiffany Tavern, a small hole-in-the-wall pub. Weeks late we finally decided to stop in because it was a cold evening and we needed some warmth. The live music also attracted us in to the warm interior. Inside were about 15 or 20 customers...

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  • Union Street Public House - Old Town

    Union Street Public House is a nice place down near the water in Old Town. We grabbed a table by the window one evening just to grab a nightcap beer and check out a place we hadn't visited before. The had a small, but unique draft beer selection that include a beer from Dover, Delaware's Fordham brewery, two Alexandria brews, Blue Moon, and one or...

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  • No Froddo Here.....

    Bilbo Baggins is a nice pub/restaurant tucked away on Queen Street in Old Town name for the famous Hobbit character. One of our friends "Godfather" recommended this place to us. On one side is the restaurant and the other side is the pub. After exploring some of Old Town; I wanted a nice cold beer. We found Bilbo easily and went inside. We sat at a...

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Alexandria Transportation

  • Parking is Prime!!

    Like most very old historical cities, the parking is prime. So you need to know where you can park. There are some that vary from $5.00 to $12.00 (ouch) or metered parking. You may get lucky parking along the street. Did I say lucky?......lol!! There is parking lot that is underground the Market Square/City Hall on King & Lee Street. There were...

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  • Free Trolley Ride

    The Kings Street Trolley seems like an institution. It's been around for ever it seems, but it hasn't. It's debut was in 2008. It's a great way to get around Old Town and it takes you to the King Street Metro, as well as the Potomac waterfront. There are about 20 stops, and you can get it about every 20 minutes from 11:30AM-10:00PM, 7 days a week.

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  • The Metro - King Street & Braddock Road...

    The DC Metro is a good way to get to and from Old Town Alexandria. There are three stops around Old Town: King Street Station, Braddock Road Station, and Eisenhower Station. King Street Station is at the west end of King Street near the Washington Masonic Monument, about a mile from the waterfront. Braddock Road Station is close to the northern...

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Alexandria Shopping

  • Trendy Shops

    In the old town and in the new part of the downtown area, you will find loads of wonderful little shops with common and unique items. Just take the time to stroll around the various streets, namely around the King street and Market square. They were lots of people milling around, so it felt safe. About average to the high end range:-)

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  • Eclectic Nature garden shop - Del Ray,...

    This is a funky store that is half garden shop and half funky home decoration store. We visited for the garden shop, which has an OK selection of plants, but nothing like the big stores. They also have a few tools and outdoor decorations. One of the cool things outside is the cat named Max that wanders the ground among the plants and customers. The...

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  • Christmas Ornaments with a Presidential...

    The Mount Vernon Gift Shop has so much to offer: books, china, glassware, jewelry, sweets, wine, Christmas decorations, clothing and furnishings. I have never seen so much George Washington themed merchandise in one place. Liz and I wandered about taking it all in especially all the Presidential Christmas ornaments. We really liked the George and...

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Alexandria Local Customs

  • American BBQ: An Historical Social Event

    Socializing is a popular way to relax, getting to know people, and to conduct business. Obviously Alexandria has historically been a magnet for this pass time and the custom has perservered through the centruies.One of the most relaxing ways of socializing is to have a BBQ in the backyard and share a few bottles of wine or beer! If you don't have a...

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  • Alexandria's Birthday Celebration -...

    The City of Alexandria, Virginia celebrates its birthday every year the weekend after the Fourth of July. The event features food, music, and most important--fireworks!In 2009 the festivities were held on 11 July from 4pm until 10pm at Oronoco Bay Park a half mile north of downtown. Unfortunately they charge admission, and they close the easiest...

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  • Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

    A local non profit group called the Ballyshaners hosts the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria. For the last 20 years the parade has marched down King Street, with high school bands, fire trucks, police motorcycles, clowns, bagpipers, zem zems, and much more... basically your regular small-town parade next to the nation's capitol. The...

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Alexandria Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning! History Bug May Bite!

    Alexandria is a charming town, especially the compact Old Town Alexandria where I spent most of my time. It is full of boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and theaters as well as historic sites that played a role in the development of the creation of the U.S.A.Something as simple as the Market Square, with it's lovely landscaping and fountain, is...

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  • Guard Samoyed on Duty

    I just posted this for fun. While exploring beautiful Alexandria, we walked pass this business who is very proud of their Guard Samoyed. If you look at his paws their wrapped behind his ears. I just thought this was cute.Alexandria Visitor Center221 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314(703) 746-3301Located at along Cameron Street

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  • Street Parking

    Parking in Alexandria can be tricky with meters, no parking zones and conflicting parking signs. Make sure you look at the signs to ensure you don't get a ticket or towed. There are several municipal parking lots scattered around town which usually have paring spaces available.

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Alexandria What to Pack

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    by cjg1 Written Jun 4, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: Most of our trips to the area are weekend road trips so a small rollaboard or overnight bad will suffice.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We pack according the season and weather forecasts. Winter can be frigid so plenty of warm clothing and layers are a must. In the summer months when temperatures and humidity soar; we pack light, breathable clothing. Comfortable walking shoes are always a must. We always pack umbrellas; just in case of rain.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo, Hair gel, Razor, shaving cream, contacts, glasses, deodorant, toothpaste, aspirin, cologne, brush and body wash.

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera, charger, memory card reader and video camera

    Miscellaneous: Laptop

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Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

  • Christ Church Historical Markers

    The Markers Reads:Christ ChurchHas beeen designated a Registered National Historic LandmarkUnder the proveision of the hsitoric sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in coommemorating or illustrating the history of the United StatesU.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service 1970The second reads:This building...

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  • Ramsay House Marker

    The Ramsay House Inscription. Owned by William Ramsay, a founder of Alexandria in July, 1749, and first Mayor. Restored by the City of Alexandria in 1956 and dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Robert Miller Reese (Rebecca Ramsay) (1870–1955), great-great-granddaughter of William Ramsay.Marker is at the intersection of King Street and Fairfax Street,...

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  • Wise's Tavern

    This was the site of when they held a reception for George Washington when he left in 1789 to become the President of the United States. Washington use to dine here quite frequently when it was a tavern. Now it is also the site of the one of the places the ghost tours visit.Located on 201 North Fairfax Street and Cameron StreetVisitor Center221...

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Alexandria Sports & Outdoors

  • Pacers Running Store & Running Club -...

    Pacers is a nice little running store on King Street about half way between the Metro and the Waterfront. Even better they have a running club that meets here, several days a week, I think on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm as well as Saturday at 8ish am. They sell a little of everything that you'd expect your neighborhood running store to sell, from a...

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  • Mount Vernon Recreation Trail

    Biking or jogging in Old Town Alexandria? The city streets are rough cobblestone and there are lots of lights, not to mention those locals who roll through stop signs without looking for pedestrians. A much better bet is to head down to the waterfront and enjoy the Mount Vernon Trail.The Mount Vernon Trail runs along the south and west bank of the...

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Alexandria Favorites

  • Washington Sat and Worshipped Here!

    This modest colonial style building is the Episcopal Christ Church, in Old Town Alexandra, where George Washington and Robert E. Lee worshipped. The interior is just as modest and it is possible to sit in the pew where a plaque identifies which each of these men used. Outside you'll find the church cemetery. Don't miss the memorial stone that...

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  • An Historical Town!

    Alexandria offeres a view of the past in it's rustic "Old Town" area. Cobbled streets, old brick buildings and landmarks of great historical interest can be revisited, bringing back an image which reminds us of the Revolution and the reason for creating this Nation. Driving through historic Old Town Alexandria where George Washington trained his...

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  • Historical Buildings Still Standing

    It was interesting to see the18th century brick buildings which are predominate in Alexandria.It is hard to describe the feeling of driving through Old Town Alexandria, especially to a person coming from another country, one who didn't grow up learning about the creation of the USA. Especially, Europeans who have buildings much older than anything...

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