Welcome to Old Town
On the western bank of Potomac River sits one of the oldest cities in the Washington, DC region - Old Town Alexandria. With a high concentration of boutiques, a hot dining scene, a slew of antique shops and vibrant arts and culture, Alexandria makes it easy for visitors to stroll its cobblestone streets and be charmed by its historic aura.
The area has been famously loved by presidents both past and present for its foodie atmosphere and chef-driven restaurants and is conveniently accessible by foot, bike, boat, Metrorail, or trolley (check out the King Street Trolley for details).
Here are some places to see in Old Town Alexandria:
- The Torpedo Factory is a restored art studio complex, which was once a World War II munitions factory.
- Market Square is a great place for shopping - it is also one of the oldest continuously operating marketplaces in the United States.
- Robert E. Lee's boyhood home is located here, the Lee-Fendall House.
- Gadsby's Tavern dates back to 1785 and has now been authentically restored to its 18th-century appearance.
- Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop was opened in 1792 by Edward Stabler and served its patrons for more than 141 years.
- Grab a water taxi to a Washington Nationals baseball game, or to George Washington's Mount Vernon, or to the District's National Mall.