Alexandria is a vibrant and diverse community. Its neighborhoods blend classic 18th and 19th Century architecture with modern culture. Every neighborhood in Alexandria is unique, but every area is alive with energy and excitement. Spend some time exploring our neighborhoods and you’ll see why Alexandria is consistently ranked as one the country’s best places to live and work.
Old Town Alexandria is the heart of the city on the Potomac River waterfront. Fine dining connoisseurs head to the city’s gourmet hubs for palate pleasing dishes or to brick-lined streets for dining al fresco. In search of stylish steals and high end clothing, fashionistas flock to the shops of the Old Town Boutique District, hailed by The Wall Street Journal for having “some of the best stores and galleries in the [DC] region.”
Minutes from DC but a world away, Old Town Alexandria is conveniently located near Ronald Reagan National Airport and is serviced by the King St-Old Town Metrorail station. Find out more about Old Town’s accessibility here.
Del Ray is “Where Main Street Still Exists” with made-for-strolling Mount Vernon Avenue dotted with family friendly pizzerias, barbecue restaurants and sophisticated spots like Cheesetique, named “Best Mac and Cheese in the US” by Food & Wine magazine.
Eclectic shops and signature events like Art on the Avenue contribute to an artsy ambience while health and wellness businesses flourish. Del Ray hosts the popular “First Thursday” events, in which every first Thursday of the month a new festival takes to the streets, attracting visitors and locals alike in search of family fun and a splash of local culture.
Only eight miles from downtown Washington, DC, with easy access to I-395, the West End is Alexandria’s largest and fastest-growing neighborhood. This colorful neighborhood is home to the city’s acclaimed artisanal brewery Port City Brewing Co.The brewery, featured on CBS This Morning, offers tours and tastings open to the public. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Northern Virginia’s only professional orchestra, is stationed here and led by Maestro Kim Allen Kluge, whose dramatic and powerful conducting style is hailed by The Washington Post. Civil War memories can be honored at the Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, which can be paired with a tranquil visit to the Winkler Botanical Preserve to see 44 acres of plants and trees indigenous to the Potomac River valley.
Home to the National Inventors Museum & Hall of Fame, which USA Today hails as one of “10 Great Places to be Inspired by Innovation,” the southern sliver of Alexandria holds a budding community with its fair share of culture and activities. Creative energy flows through the Hoffman Town Center, which includes a 22-screen movie theatre and restaurants, while family fun abounds at Cameron Run Regional Park, which includes a water park with a wave pool, water slides, miniature golf and batting cages. Visitors reserve the evening for an unforgettable dining experience at The Carlyle Club, a throwback to the supper clubs of the 1930s with dancing and big band, jazz and swing music.