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Alexandria is an independent city in the United States Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2015, the population was estimated to be 153,511. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C.

Like the rest of Northern Virginia, as well as Central Maryland, modern Alexandria has been influenced by its proximity to the U.S. capital. It is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, in the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government. One of Alexandria’s largest employers is the U.S. Department of Defense. Another is the Institute for Defense Analyses. In 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office moved to Alexandria.

The historic center of Alexandria is known as “Old Town”. With its concentration of boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and theaters, it is a major draw for all who live in Alexandria as well for visitors. Like Old Town, many Alexandria neighborhoods are pleasant for strolling, jogging, bicycling, pogo-ing, tricycling. It is the 7th largest and highest-income independent city in Virginia.

A portion of adjacent Fairfax County is named “Alexandria,” but it is under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County and separate from the city; the city is sometimes referred to as the City of Alexandria to avoid confusion. In 1920, Virginia’s General Assembly voted to incorporate what had been Alexandria County as Arlington County to minimize confusion.

Source: Wikipedia

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A beautifully-preserved historic district on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria is the heart of the city George Washington called home. Today Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the best Old Town Alexandria restaurants, arts, events, shopping and historic attractions.

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Discover a convenient, environmentally friendly and fun way to get around Old Town Alexandria. The King Street Trolley transports riders between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Potomac River waterfront. The trolley runs daily every 10 – 15 minutes.

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Founders Park

A popular urban green space where the public can stroll along the shore, enjoy the beautiful river vistas, walk their dogs, play volleyball, have a picnic, and enjoy the tranquility of this wonderful site. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the fresh air and the natural beauty of the river.

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The Birchmere is a concert hall in Alexandria, Virginia, known for presenting performers in the bluegrass, country, folk, and jazz genres.

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Cheesetique – Specialty Cheese Shop and Wine Bar

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Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant & Pub

Elegant Irish pub with a fireplace & patio offering TV sports & live music amid an antique decor.

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Virtue Feed and Grain

In a revamped 18th-century granary, this hip tavern offers elevated pub grub & a lively bar scene.

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An American in Paris

A traditional French boutique with unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for an independent, style-conscious woman.  An American in Paris is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, and specializes cocktail and evening gowns for women of all ages.

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Olio Tasting Room provides delicious and healthy infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars and other cooking essentials.

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Mount Vernon was the plantation house of George Washington, first President of the United States and his wife, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington.



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