What to Do around The Westin Alexandria
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Founded in 1749, Alexandria has seen its fair share of history, as a big tobacco trading post, an occupied city in the South during the Civil War, and now a hip suburb of Washington, D.C. Just nine miles from D.C., Alexandria is a great place to play, shop, and eat.
Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, VA 23242, USA
A recent edition in the Alexandria area is the creation of Jones Point Park, which happens to be partially under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Much of the area was closed off with uncertain ideas of what it's use would be, but the National Park...
105-107 S Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Now a museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary was founded in 1792 and when the family closed the business in 1933, they left everything as-is. So, what you see when you visit is a fascinating slice of Americana in its original state. The museum...
Old Town, Alexandria, VA, USA
As you're strolling down King Street, it's hard to wrap your head around that you're walking down the same brick and cobblestone streets that George Washington walked down. An area once filled with taverns and offices has been given new life, with...
105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
As you walk along the waterfront, it will immediately catch your eye—a large, Art Deco building with an unusual name: the Torpedo Factory. Once actually home to a factory that produced torpedoes for WWII, it has since been taken over by painters,...
Mt Vernon Trail, United States
Alexandria has an extensive trail system that connects George Washington’s Mt. Vernon home with D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood and beyond. An extremely popular activity with locals and visitors is to grab a bike and ride on the Mt. Vernon Trail....
211 N Union St #250, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
One of the best ways to take in the monuments that make D.C. famous is from the water. The advantages are many: less crowds, no parking issues, cool Potomac breezes, and a unique point of view. I love an evening tour, when you get to see...
118 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Want to know what happened to Short Jack’s head after it was unceremoniously separated from the rest of his body? Curious to know about the mystery of the woman who stayed in Room #8 at the Gadsby Tavern? Are you dying (pun intended) to find out...
1A Prince St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
One of the best walking tours in Alexandria is along the waterfront. Spanning from Oronoco Bay Park down to Waterfront Park, several gravel paths connect this 0.8 mile stroll. Stumble into Oronoco Bay Park on any given summer weekend and you're...
Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial, the world's tallest standing bronze statue honors the Marines who have defended the United States since November 10, 1775 with every major battle campaign inscribed at its base. The 32-foot-high...
134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
If you were traveling through Alexandria, VA back in the early 19th century and looking for a place for a meal and a good night’s rest, Gadsby’s Tavern and the adjoining City Hotel would have been where you would have dined and slept. Today the...
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121, USA
Even though our original trip to the Washington D.C. area was to cover Annapolis Maryland, we were more impressed with Mount Vernon, George Washington's home. The buildings and grounds have been beautifully restored, and there are even live farm...
Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Easier to visit after the renovations at Jones Point Park just under the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, the Jones Point Lighthouse can be a great place to take in the shoreline. Alexandria was once one of the busiest seaports in the U.S. back in...
2201 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
Every first and second Thursday from June through September, Alexandria buzzes with excitement. On First Thursdays, the neighborhood of Del Ray (a short cab or BikeShare ride away) displays its small-town roots: Boutiques stay open late, sidewalks...
Gravelly Point, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Need some rest and relaxation after walking and soaking in the D.C. sights, history, and heritage? Head to this grassy lawn between the Potomac River and the George Washington Parkway. While it does provide pretty views of the D.C. skyline and...
1 Air Force Memorial Dr, Arlington, VA 22204, USA
Many visitors to Arlington and D.C. are perplexed by the three mysterious, shiny spires that emerge from the horizon. The soaring sculpture is a 270-foot tribute to the men and women of the Air force. Though often admired from afar, the Air Force...
Arlington, VA 22211, USA
The Arlington National Cemetery is a 625-acre cemetery where fallen veterans have been laid to rest since the American Civil War. The cemetery lies at the end of Memorial Bridge, across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington,...
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