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Old Town, Alexandria, VA

Did you know? One of the city's most famous former residents was George Washington, who purchased a lot on Cameron Street in 1763. His townhouse was torn down in 1855, and a reconstruction of his home now sits on the same lot.

Overview of Old Town

Old Town sits on one of the curves of the Potomac River, and it's a great spot for commuters because they can access D.C. using the Yellow and Blue Lines at the King Street Metro Station. The neighborhood has a historic charm and is filled with quaint shops and lively restaurants.

Best of Old Town

Check out some of Old Town's finest offerings.

Best place to hang out: Head to Mackie's Bar and Grill where you'll find juicy steaks, delicious hamburgers, and plenty of drink options. It serves high-end food while being a welcoming place to grab a bite with friends.

Best place to bring a date: Plan an evening at Bar PX. This bar is tastefully decorated and serves specialty cocktails in a sophisticated atmosphere.

Best place to take your parents: Go on a walking tour of Old Town and follow George Washington's footsteps. On Prince, Cameron and Fairfax Streets, you'll see historic townhouse, taverns and shops that were built in the late 1700s.

Best place to enjoy the sunshine: Spend a quiet afternoon at Waterfront Park on Prince Street. There's a boardwalk, a grassy area where four-legged friends like to run and a harbor. On a clear day, you can see the U.S. Capitol Building.

Top 5 Old Town Adventures

  1. Grab a meal where Washington Adams, and Jefferson once dined: Gadsby's Tavern and the adjacent City Hotel were once the place where the nation's leaders gathered together. You can take a tour of the building or have a meal in the dining room.
  2. Brush up on your history: The Lyceum museum is free and displays historical objects, some of which date back to 1749.
  3. See the sights from the water: The Potomac Riverboat Company takes people out on sightseeing cruises on the Potomac. You can book a private event or join one of the public tours.
  4. Ring in the New Year: New Year's Eve is a day-long party that ends with fireworks over the river at midnight. The whole town comes out to celebrate First Night Alexandria with live music throughout the district.
  5. Meet leading artists: The Torpedo Factory Art Center houses the largest collection in the United States of artist studios that are open to the public. You can view some innovative work, get inspired to do your own project or pick up a piece to display at home.