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Old Town Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria

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280 Reviews
Free admission
Alexandria, Virginia

The Basics

Just down the road from George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate, downtown Alexandria is frequently paired with tours of Mount Vernon. These guided tours take you to sites such as the 331-foot (100-meter) George Washington Masonic National Memorial and Gadsby's Tavern Museum—a popular hangout for the nation’s founding fathers that today combines historic dining and exhibits.

History isn’t the only thing Alexandria has to offer. You can get a taste of the hipster food scene on a tour that combines historic haunts and modern sustainable dining. Or, take your camera or a smartphone and join a guided photography tour led by a professional photographer who can help you capture the quaint town's essence.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Excellent service and...
Veronica_S, Apr 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Excellent service and beautiful place. The food and shops were also great. Everything was clean and organized.
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A must
Denis_O, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Friendly staff, picked up on time. Museum provides headphones along the tour, beautiful and well maintain estate.
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A trip all should experience
NormaS, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Other then the extreme heat it was marvelous. Our tour guide joe was informative, polite and caring.
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Enjoyable Day
Michael_M, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
The only reason this isn’t a 5 star review is that we just didn’t have enough time at Mt Vernon to see everything. Otherwise it was very enjoyable.
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Mount Vernon
Schaefer001, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Our guide Joe was amazing! He was knowledgeable and funny. We had three hours at Mount Vernon. It was the perfect amount of time.
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Mt Vernon
Denny_T, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Great experience. Need more time at Mt Vernon. 3 hours was definitely not enough. Driver was knowledgeable and informative.
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Great day trip, clean transport & awesome driver.
Ali_K, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
This was a wonderful experience. The bus driver was awesome and kept us amused the whole ride there & back. The organization was on point for gavdibg out the tickets & explaining the process etc Really enjoyed everything at Mount Vernon.
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Experience our 1st president and what an awesome human he was.
Gale_L, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
The view of the Potomac from the house. How the house grew. The area of the boat house and barns. Acquiring the life of George and what an amazing persons he was besides his presidency. The farmer and gardener that he was. So impressed
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Loved this place
MaryLou_W, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Tours of the homes and out buildings was so very interesting - wish the upstairs had been open to view.
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Great time!
Michael_O, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Bobby was a great tour guide who provided us with a lot of historical information with some quirky jokes as we drove though Alexandria. Mount Vernon was awesome with a lot of insightful information about our first President. It's a must do if you are traveling to Washington D.C.
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Mt. Vernon day trip!
Matthew_H, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Mt. Vernon is well worth a day trip. The mansion tour and self guided tour of the grounds were fascinating. The driver kept us entertained on the trip out and back.
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Worth the trip!
DebraK, Jun 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Enjoyed the quick tour of Old Alexandria and seeing Mt Vernon. Wish we had been told about the interpreter center in time to have heard all of the presentation by “Washington’s secretary”. There wasn’t enough time to see all of the educational exhibits in the museum and education center. Something to see again!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Old Town Alexandria is a must-visit for American history buffs and foodies.

  • Book a tour with included transport from Washington D.C. and you won't have to worry about parking or public transit.

  • The free King Street Trolley makes it easy and fun to get around Old Town.

  • The trolley and many of the historic attractions are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Washington’s robust public transportation system makes it easy to reach Old Town Alexandria on the Metrorail. From downtown Washington DC, take the yellow line to King Street-Old Town station. You can also reach Alexandria by Metrorail from nearby Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. If you want to add some scenery to the trip, skip the rails and take a boat cruise or water taxi from Washington to Alexandria’s waterfront.

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When to Get There

With everything from quaint coffee shops to historic bars, you can enjoy a visit to Alexandria at any time of the day, but keep in mind that many of the historic attractions close at 4pm. The King Street Trolley runs from 11am–10:30pm Sunday–Wednesday, and 10:30am–11:59pm Thursday–Saturday. To see one of the country’s oldest farmers’ markets, visit between 7am and 12pm on Saturdays.

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Top Historic Attractions in Alexandria

The number of historic attractions in the colonial-era town can be overwhelming, so if you want time to explore the town’s shops and restaurants too, you have to prioritize. Start with George Washington Masonic National Memorial where you can enjoy historic exhibits, neoclassical architecture, and views from a 360-degree observation deck. From there, visit the southern manor-style Carlyle House, before heading to Gadsby's Tavern Museum to enjoy a meal in 18th-century style.

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