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Old Town

Alexandria, VA 22314
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Ranked #3 of 39 Attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: Old Town Alexandria is a great place to live, work or visit. It was founded in the early 1700's, so it's got an old historic district near the water... more »
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Woodstock, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I fall in love with Old Town every time I visit. Not only is it incredibly rich in history, but it is also beautifully located on the waterfront, within view of DC and the Capital Building. The bar and restaurant selection is incredible. As are the stores, galleries, and museums. I am never disappointed, as there is always something fun... More

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Sparta, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Very cute with shops and taverns. Enjoyed ourselves Quaint old town Enjoyed the time we spent down there, wanted to do a haunted tour but didn't have time. Bet that would of been awesome

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Lots of lovely individual shops the length of King street. Clothing tasteful souvenirs. Ate at Chadwicks (use voucher from boat trip), Columbia firehouse, pizzeria paradiso (with brewery!) and maurizios italian. All lovely food.

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Phoenix, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Absolutely LOVE the architecture and history that Old Town has to offer. The smells, the green and the brick. Amazing place. (September 2010)

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91 attraction reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I hadn't been here for several years until a couple weeks ago. I am glad I made the trek out there! It's a really nice area to walk around or to walk into a restaurant or bar and enjoy the evening. It is definitely quite a bit smaller than I thought it twas going to be, but there's more than... More

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McKinney, Texas
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Actually, for us, about 30 minutes was all we wanted to spend here. The shops are varied and many with tons of food choices but we found the area in general to be quite expensive for no apparent reason. Beautiful area, parking is difficult and expensive $6/hr about 2 blocks away from the main street. You need to go here... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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366 reviews 366 reviews
197 attraction reviews
834 helpful votes 834 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If you happen to visit Wash DC and decided you have enough of it, this is the next best option that is the closest. Old Town should be a stand alone tourist destination. King Street ( aka Main Street), Potomac waterfront, Gadsby's Tavern are just few of its many attractions. Authentic cobblestoned streets. Colonial houses. Lots of restaurants, bars and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I visited the center of activity while taking a guided tour of Old Town Alexandria. What a nice historic and quaint town. Old Town Alexandria is a quaint historic town just on the other side of the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Dating back to 1749, Alexandria’s riverfront was an important colonial port during the colonial, revolutionary... More

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618 reviews 618 reviews
181 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Old Town Alexandria is very clean and has it's own little charm, but this place is overflowing with tourists, and restaurants/cafes offer average food for high prices. There's a waterfront, where you can see the Potomac and the many boats that are parked on the water. There's also a free trolley that can take you from the waterfront, up King... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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177 reviews 177 reviews
66 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Take the Trolley from the King Street station for free. Hop on, hop off, plan to spend a day. If Sunday, consider Murphy's Irish Pub for a champagne laced low-cost breakfast, stroll the main streets and side streets, get down to the waterfront and allow the history of the buildings and port carry you away. Loved it.

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