Alexandria, VA is a great day trip or overnight excursion from the city of Williamsburg. This historic community is located on the west shore of the Potomac River, thirty minutes south of Washington DC. When you’re ready to venture out for a full day of exploring, it’s about a 2 hour drive from Williamsburg, with great attractions and activities for the entire family.
The elegant and stately homes, cobblestone alleyways and unique architecture of Alexandria are a clear testament to its enduring role as one of America’s most historic cities. Today you can walk in the footsteps of George Washington and Robert E. Lee, visit the Gadsby’s Tavern where Washington spent time (now a museum), and the church where he worshipped.
Alexandria’s rich history has shaped a community filled with historic sites and artifacts, evidenced by its large number of museums:
- Alexandria Black History Museum
- Alexandria Archaeology Museum
- Fort Ward Museum and Historic Park
- Friendship Firehouse
- Gadsby’s Tavern
- The Lyceum – Alexandria’s HistoryMuseum
- Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
Alexandria’s history also bears witness to the long journey of African Americans, from slavery, to freedom, to leadership roles in business, government, and culture. Its history is immerse in wartime events, and it was the location of the very first casualties of the Civil War. Today, visitors are welcomed to the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where art studios, galleries, workshops and an archaeology museum are housed in a former WWI torpedo factory.
Old Town is filled with marvelous restaurants, quaint shops, boutiques and antique stores. Relax and experience a leisurely cruise on the Potomac. This city sparkles through all four seasons, displaying a festive outlook from the year-round farmers market with crafts, homemade cheeses, dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, to the holiday glow that emanates from the charming streets of Old Town to the Washington DC capital.
Bring the family and enjoy an international film festival, an Irish festival, and the summer concert series. Visit Mount Vernon, the estate of President George Washington. Colorful local history becomes immersed in romance, mystery and folklore on a ghost tour of the city.
Be sure to put Alexandria VA on your “must-see” list when you’re in Williamsburg!