There are so many reasons why you should visit Alexandria, Virginia. It has such a rich history and culture that makes it so extraordinary. From the independently owned boutiques to the award-winning restaurants, you’ll enjoy what Alexandria has to offer. Here are four reasons why you should visit Alexandria.
Alexandria’s Rich History
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Home to the first president, George Washington, Alexandria boasts several museums that highlight early America. George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate is now a museum, and it’s within a short distance from many old town hotels and motels. The mansion has over 700 artifacts and, because it’s located by the riverside, you can take a boat tour down the Potomac River. You can visit the Friendship Firehouse, which was built-in 1855 and was the first volunteer firehouse in Alexandria.
Also, if you tour Alexandria in the spring, the Annual Alexandria Historic Homes and Garden Tour showcases preserved 18th-century and 19th-century row houses with beautiful spring gardens. You can also take of tour of other historic sites like Carlyle House Garden, Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.
Alexandria offers a variety of family-friendly tours, so if you’re looking for something to do with the kids, then Alexandria Colonial tour is an excellent choice. This tour has a scavenger hunt just for kids where they’ll walk through historic landmarks hunting for clues. If you’re familiar with PBS Mercy Street, then you’ll enjoy Mercy-Street-inspired tours. During these tours, you’ll get to learn about the real people and stories that inspired the series.
The dining scene in Alexandria has always been one to talk about with restaurants like Hanky’s Oyster Bar, Society Fair, and Escape Room. But Alexandria’s food scene is growing with additions like Meggrolls, which is rated a top 25 food truck. If relaxing and enjoying a cold beer is your thing, then you’ll marvel over the addition of Portner Brewhouse, which also houses a craft beer test kitchen. People can submit their beer recipes to the brewery to be evaluated by a head brewer and tasting panel.
If you enjoy dining outside, Alexandria has over 30 restaurants where you can enjoy your meal on the sidewalk or patio. The best part is while you’re eating, you’ll enjoy views that like old town streetscapes or scenic waterfronts.
An Abundance of Outdoor Activities
Alexandria has eight waterfront parks that are dog-friendly, and the spring flowers and view of the Potomac River make these parks perfect for a family picnic. If you enjoy walking, then you’ll like the walking trails like the Mount Vernon trail. This award-winning trail is 18 miles long and located in George Washington’s Memorial Park. It extends from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate to Theodore Roosevelt Island. You can also rent a sailboat, paddleboat, or kayak, and just enjoy a day out on the river.
So, just remember that Alexandria offers many family-oriented activities. But whatever your reasons are for visiting Alexandria, there is something for everyone to enjoy.