Top 10 Places to Instagram in Alexandria

Alexandria’s vibrant row houses, picturesque cobblestone streets and stunning waterfront views make our historic city the perfect place to take impressive Instagram images. We’ve rounded up our top 10 places to Instagram in Alexandria with some of our favorite examples from local Instagrammers to help you scout out the best photo ops. Follow @VisitAlexVA to check out more images and be sure to tag #ExtraordinaryALX for a chance to be featured on Visit Alexandria’s social media.

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Video: See the Cast of PBS’ Mercy Street in Alexandria

If you can’t wait to see your favorite characters from PBS’ Mercy Street on-screen again, we’ve got you covered. This fall, some of the cast members and producers of Mercy Street toured Alexandria with us, which you can see in the videos below.  With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the city that inspired the series and retrace the steps of the stars of Mercy Street in Alexandria. Keep reading to see what the cast thought about our city! (spoiler alert: they thought it was “extraordinary”)

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You Told Us: #CraveYourLocal Holidays in Alexandria

When Alexandria’s grassroots #CraveYourLocal campaign kicked off a couple of weeks ago, we asked you, our loyal followers, what you crave about the holidays in our historic city.  Alexandria is famous for its holiday traditions and events, and was recently named one of the Best Cities to Visit For Christmas. So it should come as no surprise that many of you crave the twinkle-lit trees, magical holiday decorations, and local boutiques during the holiday season. Keep reading to see what social media users, locals and visitors crave in Alexandria—you might just see your answer! And keep using #CraveYourLocal for more opportunities to be featured on the blog and social media channels.

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Decoding Historic Details in Old Town Alexandria

Ever wondered why there are cast iron stars on buildings in Old Town Alexandria?  Or what the fire marks on our historic rowhouses mean? Continue reading

Hometown Hall of Fame: Celebrities from Alexandria

Coming up this Sunday is the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony, where celebrities strut their stuff on the red carpet and movie lovers cheer on their favorite films and performances of the year. But did you know Alexandria’s got its own award-winning cast? Continue reading

Top 10 #ExtraordinaryALX Fan Photos

Picture-perfect, postcard-worthy – no matter what you call it, Alexandria is one photogenic city! That’s why back in October we challenged you via social media to capture extraordinary moments in Alexandria and tag the photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ExtraordinaryALX for the chance to be featured on Extra Alex. Continue reading

6 Things You Didn’t Know about Hard Times Cafe

If it’s true, as Will Rogers says, that “You can judge a town by the quality of its chili,” then the Hard Times Café is proof that Alexandria is one extraordinary place to be. Continue reading

Halloween Weekend Picks: October 30-31

Halloween is “creeping up” on Alexandria, and after a month full of supernatural fun, the festivities are still going strong. If you (or your dog) are still wondering what to do in Alexandria for Halloween, we’ve got the scoop here!  Continue reading