The highly anticipated Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall on September 24, 2016 to powerful reviews from visitors. Then, beginning October 1, 2016, another thread in African American history began being told at Mount Vernon with the opening of the ground-breaking exhibition called “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon” focusing on the personal stories of Mount Vernon’s enslaved people.
Alexandria is most known to visitors for historic Old Town, but is made up of many neighborhoods that offer a rich experience of local flavor. Venture into the city’s West End to the Seminary Hill neighborhood for history, outdoor sanctuaries, innovative arts and hidden gems just off the beaten path. The neighborhood is even home to T.C. Williams High School, whose football team inspired the movie “Remember the Titans.” Whether you have a few hours or a weekend, we’ve rounded up our favorite things to do in this West End neighborhood including the best restaurants, outdoor activities and local favorites.
With the 2nd Annual Alexandria Live Music Week coming up September 30-October 8, 2016, we asked some of our favorite local insiders for the best places to catch live music in Alexandria. Whether you’re looking for a place to see big names in music, enjoy a drink with friends, or hit the dance floor, Alexandria has everything from The Birchmere: America’s Legendary Music Hall, named “the best listening club in America” by The Washington Post, to intimate outdoor acoustic sets on the patio in all different music genres.
Alexandria is known for its chef-driven restaurant scene, with endless options for every palate and price range. But sometimes, all you crave is your favorite home-cooked comfort food. Luckily, in Alexandria you can get classic comfort foods with creative culinary twists like a short rib grilled cheese, a fried chicken breakfast sandwich or a banh mi hot dog.