This site will give you a comprehensive overview of Alexandria and the surrounding region, including information on things to do, restaurants, historic sites and attractions, transportation, weather and more. Be sure to read up on Alexandria’s History) and find out more about Old Town before you arrive.
Official Tourism Site for Washington, DC
Alexandria is tied to the rest of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area through the Metrorail and Metrobus systems, making it easy to get to and from the sights and attractions you want to see. Metrorail (operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) can take you to downtown DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. The King St-Old Town Metrorail station is located on King Street, Alexandria’s main street for shopping, dining and the arts. Both Yellow Line and Blue Line trains stop at the King St-Old Town station. Visit the Metrorail official site, and click here to find a station and see the Metro map.
Arlington National Cemetery
More than three million people visit the cemetery each year. The welcome center, located adjacent to the cemetery entrance, includes maps, exhibits and a bookstore. The cemetery is easily accessible by the Blue Line Metro.
Biking in Alexandria
Alexandria was named among the "Top Cycling Destinations" in 2013 by Virginia Living magazine, and recently received a “Silver Bicycle Friendly Community’ award by the League of American Bicyclists. There are a number of bike shares and rental services, and many tours and trails, including the scenic 18-mile walking/running/biking Mount Vernon Trail (PDF download) that runs along the Potomac River to George Washington’s historic home. Alexandria is dedicated to providing safe and easily accessible routes for cyclists, even those just looking for a quick spin. Click here for a city bike map and more.
Abraham Lincoln’s legacy lives on… Explore Ford’s Theatre NHS, discover Lincoln’s life in Washington, the struggle for a united country, and the motivation behind his assassination.
The theatre has a timed-ticket entrance system to reduce the wait- time for your tour. The site is easily accessible by the Blue Line Metro.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest Federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. Metro access is available.
National Archives Museum
Democracy starts here! The National Archives Museum is home to the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights which are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom of the museum.
A 350-acre waterfront development just across the Potomac River from Old Town Alexandria, in Prince George’s County, Maryland, National Harbor is dedicated exclusively to the spirit of discovery. With over 70 shops and restaurants, the development has it all. It’s fresh air. It’s fashion. It’s food. It’s family. It’s farmers’ markets and free movies, al fresco. And it’s all happening right on the glittering river. By day or by night, flying solo or in formation, on or beside the water—National Harbor is singlehandedly redefining total immersion. It is accessible by car directly off of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and by water taxi daily from Old Town Alexandria.
The newest iconic attraction at National Harbor is The Capital Wheel. The wheel opened in May 2014; be among the first to experience this sophisticated, yet family-friendly, adventure for all ages. With 42 closed, climate-controlled gondolas seating eight, The Capital Wheel soars 180 feet above the Potomac River. You will marvel at the incomparable views of the White House and Capitol, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery, the City of Alexandria, and surrounding Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Most of the Smithsonian Museums are located on the National Mall in downtown Washington, DC. The most popular are: American History, Natural History, National Gallery of Art, and Air and Space. These are easily accessible by the Metro (subway). Take the Blue Line which leaves from the King Street Station Metro, an 8 block walk from Hotel Monaco or via the Old Town Trolley (info to be provided).
The Smithsonian Museums off the Mall, including the Renwick Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum, may also be reached by Metro.
Supreme Court of the United States
The Supreme Court Building is open to visitors Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 4:30 pm. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays and on Federal holidays. Visitors may take advantage of a variety of educational programs, including Courtroom lectures, a visitors’ film and changing exhibitions. The Supreme Court is located adjacent to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress. Metro access is available.
Individuals may secure small groups of tickets on line or by calling 1877-559-6777. Tickets are $1.50 per person if reserved in advance. Tickets are free secured the day of your visit at the Washington Monument Lodge, located along 15th Street. This office opens at 8:30 a.m. and is on a first-come first-served basis. One individual is allowed up to 6 tickets. Please note that there is usually a line, especially on a holiday weekend.
White House Tour
Individuals may secure tickets through the office of the own state’s Congressmen and Senators. Due to enhanced security measures, you will be required to submit Social Security numbers and other ID for everyone in your party. Because of the holiday weekend, attendees are encouraged to make these arrangements far in advance of October 2015.
Experience history with a walk through time.
This free, two-to-three hour, twenty-block walk meanders through Old Town with stops at some of the city’s oldest and most historic addresses. Download the PDF of the map and clues to get started.
Additional Old Town Alexandria Links:
Potomac River Boat Company Site for the water taxi to National Harbor and also any cruise boats going out of Old Town Alexandria.
FREE King Street Trolley. The trolley runs between the riverfront and the King Street Metro Station with stops every 2-3 blocks for hopping on and hopping off. It runs Sunday – Wednesday 10 a.m.-10:15 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. midnight.
Alexandria Colonial Tours Site where you can sign up for a Ghost & Graveyard Tour. This might be good for any members coming with children (7th and 8th graders seem to enjoy this tour).
Footsteps to the Past Company offers historic tours of Old Town.
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