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Old Town Alexandria

Approximately 15 minutes south of downtown Washington, the 18th-century Old Town – the local nickname for the historic center of Alexandria -- hugs the western bank of the Potomac and blends the area’s cultural melting pot with America’s Colonial era. Originally laid out in 1749, this condensed commercial district full of cobbled streets and the well-preserved 18th century buildings features boutique and mall shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and lots of opportunities for sightseeing.

Many of the neighborhood’s most popular dining destinations offer sustainable takes on American cuisine, like Hank’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant Eve, and vintage pubs and taverns harken back to the area’s early days. Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican and Afghan eateries are common sights in Old Town, reflecting a steady influx of immigrants to Alexandria since the late 1980s.

Local attractions include steamboat tours on the Potomac; Colonial homes that offer daily tours, such as the Carlyle House (1753); and the Torpedo Factory Art Center, which used to be a center for munitions manufacturing and now houses a warren of artists’ studios.  From 7 a.m. to 12 noon every Saturday, one of the country’s oldest farmers’ markets is held in Old Town’s Market Square.

Free 24-hour parking passes called “proclamations” are available at the Alexandria Visitors Center (221 King Street), provided only to non-Alexandria residents. Proclamations are valid at two-hour metered spaces around Old Town and may be renewed once.

The area’s Metrorail stop is King Street-Old Town, which serves the Yellow Line from downtown Washington, D.C. From the King Street station, visitors can catch the Free King Street Trolley, which is free to ride, runs every 15 minutes, and stops at 20 different points around Old Town.

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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour, Washington DC, null
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour

A private narrated tour is ideal for those who want to sit back, be chauffeured, and learn about the city at the ease of our drivers and fun tour guides. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
2-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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2-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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See the most famous landmarks in Washington DC on this 2-day coach and tram tour. Visit top DC attractions including the White House Visitor Center, US ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C.
Duration: 2 days

From USD $150.00
Mt Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC, Washington DC, Historical & Heritage ... 
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Mt Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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Learn about the life of George Washington, first president of the United States, on this guided tour of Mount Vernon, Washington’s home of more than 40 years. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99
Virginia Day Trip and DC After Dark Combo, Washington DC, Day Trips
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Virginia Day Trip and DC After Dark Combo

Take a full-day tour from Washington DC to Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery, two of Virginia’s most popular attractions!  tour Mount Vernon, George ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.50
Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Patriots Trolley Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Patriots Trolley Tour

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Explore Washington, D.C. at your own pace on a hop-on, hop-off trolley tour that provides convenient transportation around the city. Listen to anecdotes, fun ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $50.00

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