One of the many things that I love about DC is its centralized location and the easy access it gives you to explore the nearby states and old towns. Alexandria in Virginia State is just one of the many places that you can visit from DC and I will have to add that it’s also a favorite of mine.
If you have your own car rental, Alexandria, Virginia is a mere 15-minute drive from Washington DC which makes it really feasible for you to stay in Alexandria and explore DC during the day or vice versa. Not having a car is also not a problem since you do have a lot of public transportation options from DC to Old Town Alexandria like the 15-minute Metrorail ride or the 30-minute Water taxi ride.
When I arrived in the US, I told my sister that I love seeing old, small towns as its charm and beauty captivates me all the time. She then arranged a trip to Alexandria, Virginia one Friday afternoon for us to explore. I got really excited as soon as we entered the historical old town and saw the unique architecture of the beautifully-preserved, centuries-old buildings surrounding us. But first, LUNCH! Before we started our walk-around tour, we went straight to the Waterfront to have our lunch by the water. It was a gorgeous day so the outdoor dining patio was almost full when we asked for a table.
After the light lunch, we proceeded on our tour. Well, we actually just walked around the beautiful streets of Alexandria lined up with restaurants and independent stores selling unique things.
Alexandria also houses some outlet stores of big brands which explains why after the so-called tour, we needed to go back to our car as the shopping bags that we’re carrying are already too heavy for us to walk around with. :p
I really love the small town feel of Alexandria, Virginia and it is a place worth visiting.