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Old Town, Alexandria

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Neighborhood Historic Site
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. Use our Alexandria trip itinerary maker to visit Old Town on your trip to Alexandria, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • A beautiful outing both day and nighttime. It's got many places to visit and a variety of very good restaurants.  more »
  • My family enjoyed the King Street trolley rides & the cute historic area. Plenty of good places to eat that offer indoor & outdoor seating. Nice area for a little shopping. Vibrant waterfront area. Gr...  more »
  • I'm a history buff. Plenty to see and do for folks that like history.l Mount Vernon Trail is great place for walking and biking along the Potomac River.Great places to eat as well. Try "Hen Quarter", ...  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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