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Old Town Waterfront, Alexandria

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At Old Town Waterfront, stroll scenic riverside paths, dine at waterside restaurants, visit museums, and take themed boat tours. Located along the Potomac River, the area often bustles with street performers and musicians, and features exhibits of arts, archeology, and boats. Have a meal at one of the fine-dining restaurants at the site, walk or cycle along the 29 km (18 mi) trail, or explore centuries-old artifact collections. Don't be surprised if you meet a pirate aboard one of the cruise ships. Take time to ride a hybrid bike or bring man's best friend aboard for a canine boat tour. You can board a water taxi here for direct access to the National Mall, Nationals Stadium, and National Harbor. See Old Town Waterfront and all Alexandria has to offer by arranging your trip with our Alexandria vacation builder.
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  • After a comfortable ferry ride from National Harbor, find samples of street performers in the waterfront was pleasant, and them had different and beautiful places to eat
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  • We often go there to get a little taste of Northeast water towns, and away from the D.C. stresses. Feeding the ducks was our favorite activity when the kids were young, but as they are teens now, we e...  more »
  • Beautiful setting for 4th of July. Nice fireworks. Great area for a picnic or any type of family outing. It was also animal friendly.  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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