From Claire Mouledoux of Visit Alexandria:
ALEXANDRIA, VA – As one of Washington, DC’s original neighborhoods, only Alexandria offers an authentic experience of early American history in the setting of George Washington’s hometown. Unaffected by a Federal Government shutdown, Alexandria’s many attractions and more than 20 historic sites bring to life this country’s incredible past, from colonial times through the Civil War and beyond, in a charming walkable setting teeming with contemporary delights like boutique shopping, acclaimed dining, and vibrant nightlife.
Minutes from Washington, DC, Alexandria is easily accessible with four Metrorail stops. The Free King Street Trolley runs between the King Street Metro Station and Potomac River waterfront with frequent stops for hopping on and off to enjoy all that Old Town has to offer.