Alexandria: Exuding Old Town Charm
Approximately 7 miles south of Downtown Washington, DC is Alexandria, VA, an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. Because of its close proximity to the US Capital, a majority of Alexandria residents are professionals working in the federal civil service, the U.S. military, or for one of the many private contractors for the federal government. Long before George Washington first U.S. president, he spent most of his youth as a surveyor in Alexandria and was an active community member throughout his lifetime. Today, the old and new decorate the Alexandria Skyline with historic buildings sitting side by side forward-looking hotels. Alexandria is serviced by Washington Dulles International Airport.
Best Time to Visit
Based on average temperature, the perfect time to visit Alexandria is between mid-April to early June. Temperatures are said to be at the low 60s making for much cooler weather for sightseeing. Prices for hotels and flights are the most expensive during the peak months of July followed by June and August. For those looking to avoid the crowds and score the best deals, a visit to Alexandria, Virginia is recommended in October when tourism is at its lowest.
What to Do & Area Attractions
Fondly called Old Town, Alexandria's architecture exudes charm and history. Tourists can make most of their time in the city by strolling along the King Street Mile where one can see centuries-old architecture or touring Gadsby’s Tavern Museum which hosted George Washington and the first five U.S. presidents. A stay at Capitol Skyline, Cambria Hotel Washington, D.C. Convention and the Capitol Hill Hotel can guarantee tourists more convenient access to these must-see spots. The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection is also a great option for those who opt to have a taste of the Old Alexandrian hospitality as well as being nearer to the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum or the Carlyle House History Park.