Old Town Alexandria has been brimming with excitement since it was founded by Scottish merchants in 1749. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Alexandria is nationally recognized for its abundance of 18th and 19th century architecture. It is steeped in history, yet manages to provide all of the modern conveniences and creature comforts one would expect. There are award-winning restaurants, fashionable boutiques, art galleries, historic attractions, performing arts venues and more lining the streets. With over 200 eateries throughout the city, there is certainly something here for every taste and budget. From pizza, cupcakes and coffee to ethnic restaurants and fine dining choices, tasty treats abound. Unique shops carry designer fashions, home décor products, gourmet goods, accessories and more.
Living in Old Town
Housing choices range from stately single-family homes and historic rowhouses to newly constructed condos. Alexandria’s waterfront along the Potomac River offers many chances for recreation and relaxation. You will find a multitude of parks with benches and paths with which lend themselves perfectly to reading a book or watching the boats along the river. Situated at the water’s edge, Waterfront Walk meanders between the northern and southern boundaries of Old Town; the nearby 18.5-mile Mount Vernon Trail begins at Mount Vernon Estate and ends at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Ideal for running and biking, the trail is popular with locals and visitors alike. Another highlight of the waterfront area is The Torpedo Factory Art Center; it is home to over 80 studios, 6 galleries and the Art League School. Whether it’s the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Historic Garden Tour, Alexandria Festival of the Arts or a Ghost & Graveyard Tour, there is always a festival or special event going on. Taking place at Market Square each Saturday throughout the year, the Old Town Farmer’s Market features a wide range of fresh produce and baked goods. The Carlyle and Eisenhower Valley neighborhood is situated on the west end of Old Town and is adjacent to the King Street Metro. It includes the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the nearby Hoffman Town Center.
Getting around Old Town and the surrounding Washington D.C. Metro area is easy. The free King Street Trolley travels around the main streets of Old Town and provides many stops, making it convenient to hop on and hop off as you need to. There are 4 Metro stations in Alexandria, making D.C. super-close. Whether you want to explore the Smithsonian museums, check out the latest play or eat at the newest restaurant, you are only a few minutes away. Three major interstates, I-495, I-395 and I-95, meet in Alexandria. Virginia Railway Express and Amtrak service Alexandria’s Union Station. When you are ready to take that trip of a lifetime or the perfect weekend getaway, Ronald Reagan National Airport is about 10 minutes away.
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