In 1749, a 17-year-old George Washington helped survey 60 acres of land that would become the city of Alexandria. Many of the city’s buildings from the 18th and 19th century are still around today in Old Town, Alexandria’s historic downtown and contemporary focal point for culture and commerce.
No matter what your interests are, there’s something in Old Town for you – and with a free trolley along the main King Street thoroughfare, it’s easy to get around and explore what this vibrant district has to offer.
Alexandria is well known for its small boutiques and cafes. Some of the most popular stores are the Christmas Attic, Imagine Artwear, Bellacara, and Bishop Boutique. If you’re looking to support the local economy, there’s no better place to shop than Old Town Alexandria.
Old Town’s main avenue features some of the region’s most historic buildings, including the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria Union Station, and the Freedom House Museum. During the holidays, you’ll see streetlights and storefronts decorated with beautiful lights and seasonal cheer.
This beautiful tract of greenery along the banks of the Potomac is a great place to walk your dog or take a relaxing stroll with a loved one. It offers great views of the river and close proximity to many of the area’s great restaurants.
From dining to shopping to natural views, Old Town has it all. The Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir, just a few minutes south of the area, offers great accommodations for visitors to Old Town. With competitive rates, a complimentary breakfast bar and a free shuttle to the metro, there’s no better place than the Holiday Inn for a fun trip to Alexandria’s most historic neighborhood.