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Alexandria West, Alexandria, VA

Did you know? Alexandria has four sister cities in Armenia, Sweden, Scotland and France. These relationships support musical and theater tours and foreign student exchanges as well as local trade fairs and festivals celebrating the culture and history of these sister cities.

Overview of Alexandria West

Alexandria West is part of historic Alexandria, VA, located just 7 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and not far from the city's historic Old Town district. Many of the area's residents work in Washington, D.C., or other areas of northern Virginia and Prince George's County, Maryland. The largest employer of residents in Alexandria West is the Department of Defense. Alexandria West boasts historic neighborhoods, easy access to attractions in the area and a variety of shops, restaurants and parks.

Best of Alexandria West

Check out some of Alexandria West's finest offerings. Best Live Music: The Birchmere has played host to greats, including Johnny Cash. Best Restaurant: The Light Horse Restaurant offers live music, pool and other recreation along with moderately priced American cuisine. Best Cupcakes: Lavender Moon Cupcakery in Old Town offers the best gourmet cupcakes. Best Date Night: La Bergerie features French and Basque cuisine as well as world-class wine in an atmosphere of quiet elegance. Best Family Outing: Cameron Run Regional Park has something for all ages with miniature golf, jogging trails and more.

Top 5 Alexandria West Adventures

  1. Watch artists at work at The Torpedo Factory Art Center. This is a world-class art space that houses numerous galleries, studios and cafes.
  2. Walk the streets of Old Town: This a mile-long stretch of restaurants, bistros and shops in the heart of Alexandria.
  3. See life in colonial times at Green Springs Garden Park: This is a national historic district featuring greenhouses, farmhouses dating from 1777, and numerous gardens dedicated to roses and other plants.
  4. Step into the past at Mount Vernon: George Washington's old estate has been transformed into a world-class museum and historical site.
  5. Take a river ride to the historic National Mall in Washington: Use the Potomac Riverboat Company's water taxis to get around.