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Stroll alongside historic sites and take in calming waterfront views in Alexandria, VA, which is just seven miles from the country's capital. Steeped in vintage charm, Alexandria is a mecca for stunning 18th and 19th-century architecture. J.McLaughlin proudly resides in this lovely destination on King Street (1125 King Street), a walkable district that spans from the Metrorail Station to the Potomac River waterfront. Slip into your favorite cardigan and shoes — we'll take you through the beauty that resides in this romantic city in our guide to Alexandria, VA.
Admire Alexandria’s cultural offerings in Old Town, a nationally designated district found back in 1749. In this nook of the city, discover over 200 restaurants and boutiques right next to historic museums. Dine by the water or pick up takeout from spots such as Virtue Feed & Grain. By the seaport, you can spot historic destinations such as the Washington Monument and Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. On Saturdays, browse local goods at the Old Town Farmers' Market, the oldest farmers' market in the country continually held at the same place.
Of course, Alexandria is steeped in beautiful natural views as well. In addition to your scenic waterfront adventures, be sure to hike the Mount Vernon Trail, which is just across the Potomac River. The lush, paved trail spans 18 miles from George Washington's Mount Vernon estate to Theodore Roosevelt Island. You can jog, walk, or bike in the area while you revel in uninterrupted views of the Washington, D.C. skyline. Mount Vernon also connects with other regional trails such as the Potomac Heritage and Rock Creek trails.
Don't forget to enjoy the parks around Alexandria as well — there are over 900 acres of beautiful green space to explore. Walk along the nature trail in Dora Kelley Nature Park and take in the views of streams, wooded hills, and freshwater marshland. Nature lovers will also adore the beauty of the Winkler Botanical Preserve, a hidden gem marked by a mountain lodge and lush waterfall. For a low-key afternoon, enjoy a picnic or walk your four-legged friend at Founders Park while admiring North Virginia's greenery.