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Old Town, Alexandria

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Originally planned in 1749, Old Town is a historical neighborhood along the Potomac River. The collection of townhouses that flank the streets were home to historic figures, such as Robert E. Lee. Stop by Gadsby's Tavern, a working tavern that's been serving drinks since the town's inception. Another hotspot is the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a former munitions factory that's now an art studio and gallery with a view of the river. Using our international travel planner, Alexandria attractions like Old Town can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • As one of the East Coasts oldest cities, the obvious speaks for itself; the old historic charm of rows of homes, boutique shops, a waterfront offering a wide variety of experiences for all types of tr...  more »
  • This is wonderful place to visit when in the Washington area. Lots to see and do. Go to Washington’s Mt Vernon just miles away. FABULOUS restaurants in the old Town. Avoid Christ Church which has pull...  more »
  • Headed into Old Town Alexandria on a Saturday afternoon to walk around and take in the sites and shops. We were not disappointed!  more »

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Old Town boasts a number of high-end hotels that provide easy walking access to some of Alexandria's most popular restaurants, bars, and attractions. However, these are not typically budget-friendly; those looking to save a few dollars should consider a hotel or motel located on Jefferson Davis Highway. Though not technically within the city boundaries, these accommodations are considerably cheaper and often within walking distance of the metro. Alexandria is also home to a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are located inside historical buildings.
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