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What to see and what to do - traveling alone

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What to see and what to do - traveling alone

I will be staying alone in Alexandria from 2nd - 8th August for a conference held in Westin hotel. It's my first time in US - any recommendations for interesting places, restaurants, nightlife or events during this time? (something else as National Mall please - I will definitely visit it though :)

Also, survival tips are welcome :)

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1. Re: What to see and what to do - traveling alone

Well, if you want tips on where to go in Washington, DC, be sure to check out the Washington, DC boards. That will be much more informative and in depth from a lot more posters than what we would post here. In Old Town Alexandria though, there's several fun things to do. You can take a free trolley up and down King Street to the Waterfront, where there is shopping and dining. You can take tours of the Old Town area, led by guides in traditional colonial apparel. There are boat rides of the Potomac you can take from the Waterfront which will give you a great view of the monuments and DC as you travel to and from Georgetown back to Alexandria. Just about 15 minutes south is Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home. That's definitely a great place to visit on your first trip to the U.S. For $15, it's a great experience. They've done a fabulous job of keeping the grounds and house.

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See http://www.visitalexandriava.com/things-to-do

Make sure to visit the historic Alexandria waterfront (King Street near the river) where you will find this interesting facility http://www.torpedofactory.org as well as many gift shops, festive cafe's and restaurants, in buildings dating from the 1700's. River tour boats are also there, which cruise by the national monuments of Washington. Costumed walking tours of the Alexandria historic district depart from the Carlyle House visitors center on King Street.

In the immediate neighborhood of the Westin Hotel is http://thecarlyleclub.com where this group regularly plays http://www.docscantlin.com . Also there is www.uspto.gov/about/offices/opa/museum.jsp . These places are within walking-distance of the Westin, which is a somewhat newly-developed neighborhood, close to Metrorail transportation. You can also ride Metrorail, 10 minutes to the Pentagon City shopping mall, which has this rather unique museum just across from it http://www.deamuseum.org

Mount Vernon, the famous plantation home of George Washington, mentioned above, has very beautiful grounds and a river view, and a newly-opened museum. It can be reached indirectly by bus, but access is easier by car, via a very scenic road.

Edited: 9:46 pm, July 31, 2013
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As for nightlife - Old Town has been voted 'Most Romantic' places. So our vibe is laid back and not what I'd characterize as having anything notable except hanging out in some romantic nook or cranny of a cool bar! Suggest catching some jazz at Restaurant 219 (219 King St). If a more exciting nightlife is what you seek (i.e. dancing and clubbing) you must travel to DC.

I note that the Carlyle Club has a great show on Aug 2nd, The Cab Calloway Orchestra! Totally worthy!


As for dining - you are in for a treat. Lots of great choices to tempt you. Check out my reports on previous threads. There is something for every taste and budget! I always recommend strolling King Street for something to tempt you!

For more ideas in the immediate vicinity of Alexandria, check the link here:


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