New Specialty Tours in Alexandria, VA

Visitors seeking uncommon tour experiences will find a wealth of options in Old Town Alexandria, a neighborhood steeped in history while humming with a cosmopolitan feel, located just outside of Washington, D.C. Joining a robust calendar of history, ghost, and boat tours are new niche tours including Fetching Photos, which presents walking photo tours for both smartphone and SLR users (and dogs are always welcome!); Nightly Spirits, featuring a “Frights and Pints” tour for beer fans who love a scare; Manumission Tour Company, which explores Alexandria’s rich  African American history through curated heritage tours; and Discover Alexandria, presenting tours such as “Virginia is for Runners,” visiting iconic sites while on a brisk run, and “Sweet History,” combining history with the city’s best dessert spots. Keep reading to learn more about new niche tours in Alexandria.

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10 Ways to Explore Women’s History in Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th– and 19th-century architecture, including many sites important to women’s history. To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up our top 10 ways to explore women’s history in Alexandria, from sites associated with abolitionist Harriet Jacobs to new waterfront restaurant Vola’s Dockside Grill named after Alexandria’s first female city manager and local Civil Rights leader Vola Lawson. You can also celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting women-owned businesses in Alexandria, including almost 90% of the shops in the Old Town Boutique District. Keep reading to learn more about the people and places in Alexandria who helped forge the way for women’s rights.

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Spring Tours, Costume Exhibit and More Bring PBS’ Mercy Street to Life in Alexandria, VA

Now that season two of the PBS Civil War-era drama Mercy Street has aired, Alexandria, Virginia has rolled out a new exhibit of costumes from the show plus 12 tours inspired by the series. PBS’ first American drama in a decade is inspired by real events of Civil War Alexandria. Visitors can explore more than 50 Mercy Street-inspired tours, exhibits and events taking place in Alexandria in 2017.

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How to See the Cherry Blossoms from Alexandria

Soon we’ll be seeing the hallmark of spring in the D.C. area, when nearly 1,700 cherry blossom trees color Washington’s Tidal Basin in shades of pink, with peak bloom expected from the National Park Service between March 14-17, 2017.  Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria This Spring

Alexandria is buzzing with more than bees this spring, and this historic city just ouside Washington, D.C. offers endless opportunities to explore the wonders of springtime with new niche tours, restaurant and boutique openings and more ways than ever to see the cherry blossoms. Spring is the perfect time to get outside and explore Alexandria’s outdoor events and tours, Mercy Street-inspired experiences, dog-friendly events and much more. Here are our top 10 reasons to visit Alexandria this spring:

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Explore the Medicine of PBS’ Mercy Street in Alexandria, VA

Fans of PBS’ Mercy Street, based on real events of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia, can explore the real history behind the show by visiting Alexandria, located just outside of Washington, D.C. The city is presenting 50 Mercy Street-inspired tours, exhibits and events.

As seen in season two of PBS’ Mercy Street, medicine advanced at a fast pace during the Civil War due to high demand for doctors, nurses and new treatments. There weren’t just wounds from the war to worry about, but also diseases spreading rampantly throughout the country. The high-stakes and fast-paced drama seen in Mercy Street was not so different in real life, with over 30 hospitals in Alexandria during the Civil War and an Apothecary that remains open as a museum today, medicine serves as a fascinating lens into the complex experiences different people had during the war. In this post, we explore real people and places that inspired PBS’ Mercy Street and the role of medicine during the Civil War.

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Your Guide to Celebrating George Washington’s Birthday in Alexandria

Did you know you’re invited to one of the biggest birthday parties in America? On February 20, 2017, thousands of people (plus some dogs and horses) will march through the streets of Old Town Alexandria to celebrate the 285th anniversary of George Washington’s birthday.

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Morning Joe: Top Coffee Spots in Alexandria

There are lots of good reasons to start your day in Alexandria—the bustling energy, the very good chance you’ll run into an adorable pup or two, and of course the cozy cafés where you can warm up and fuel up with coffee before you hit the streets. Continue reading

Alexandria Brings PBS’ Mercy Street to Life for Season Two

As fans of the PBS Civil War-era drama Mercy Street anticipate the show’s return for a second season on January 22, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET, historic Alexandria, Virginia announces 40 new tours, exhibits and events inspired by the series.

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What’s New in Alexandria 2017

With experiential new tours, historic beer, an evolving waterfront and trending food, Alexandria, Virginia continues to make history with new happenings and major openings in 2017. Just outside of Washington, D.C., visitors and locals seeking uncommon experiences will find a wealth of options in historic Old Town Alexandria and off-the-beaten path neighborhoods.

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