Old Town Alexandria Named Top Downtown
Millions of visitors and DC-area residents come to downtown Alexandria, VA, also known as Old Town, to see one of the country’s most beautifully preserved historic districts showcasing Colonial architecture. More than 7,000 people live in Old Town, attracted to its modern vibe and easy ability to navigate by foot. Old Town was named in 2014 as one of the “10 Best Downtowns” by Livability. Minutes from DC, Old Town is conveniently located near the Ronald Reagan National Airport and the King Street-Old Town Metro Station.
Quaint cobblestone streets and gorgeous century-old buildings evoke a timeless energy and attraction to businesses locating here and families moving here. With a view of the Washington Monument and DC skyline across the Potomac River, Old Town is a charming Potomac River waterfront setting where folks enjoy a foodie-friendly vibe with gourmet dining, international cuisine, and brick-lined streets for dining al fresco on sidewalks and patios. Many of the restaurants have outdoor dining with views of the Potomac River or busy sidewalks perfect for people watching. Many Washington elite, including the President and Mrs. Obama, come here for date nights.
Old Town also is a wonderful place to hop off a bike and relax in a park or get something to eat and sit by the water. The Mount Vernon Trail hums on the weekends with walkers and bike enthusiasts; the Trail passes through Old Town. The hub of Old Town is King Street, which is home to stylish retail shops, high-end boutiques, coffee shops and bakeries. The Wall Street Journal recognizes the Old Town Boutique District as having “some of the best stores and galleries in the region.” The popular Torpedo Factory Art Center houses 3 floors of art galleries and studios where visitors can see artists painting in more than 80 artist studios. Other entertainment venues in Old Town feature theater and live music, like the cozy Birchmere Club. Old Town Theater is also a well-liked performance venue for live music, events and movies. The free King Street Trolley is an easy option for seeing the vibrant history and culture of Old Town.