Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria This Spring

Spring is one of the most picturesque times to visit Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront. This historic city buzzes with renewed energy each spring as hues of pink wash over 18th- and 19th- century architecture and cobblestone streets, signaling cherry blossom season and longer, warmer days. Visitors will find endless ways to explore the wonders of springtime and awaken the senses in Alexandria, whether it’s taking a boat cruise on the Potomac River or jogging alongside it on the award-winning Mount Vernon Trail. You can find new shops and restaurants, attend “spirited” seasonal events, catch spring arts performances, or hop on an historic tour. With so many happenings it can be hard to choose, so we’ve got you covered with our top 10 reasons to visit Alexandria this spring.

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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 and white, with the National Park Service projecting peak bloom to occur between April 8 and April 12, 2018.

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30 Alexandria Tours: Beer, Boats, Bikes and more

Wondering what is the best way to navigate Alexandria’s storied streets during the summer? Located just minutes from Washington, D.C., tours in  Alexandria, Virginia let you trace George Washington’s footsteps, take a cruise with your canine, and get a taste of Old Town’s culinary heritage, whether you prefer exploring boat, bike or on foot. From historic home tours to Old Town food tours and more, these excursions leave no cobblestone unturned.
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Your Videos: Wish You Were Here in Alexandria

We recently asked Instagrammers to post a video showing us what they love about Alexandria for our Wish You Were Here In Alexandria contest. The results were amazing! Creative, thoughtful, and fun videos, all showing the best of the city we all love.

View the winning video and the runner-up, followed by other entries in no particular order. We love them all!

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6 Romantic Spots (with Date Ideas!) in Old Town Alexandria

Ranked the #1 most romantic city in the U.S. by Amazon, Alexandria is known as an enchanting escape. Thinking of a romantic getaway or the best places to pop the question? Here’s our list of 6 top romantic spots in Alexandria, plus several places nearby to make the perfect date.

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Top Places to Get Married in Alexandria

Historic, authentic, intimate—Alexandria is the perfect place for a wedding. 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

Dogs of Alexandria

It’s no secret that Alexandria loves dogs: just take a stroll down King Street in Old Town or Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray and you’ll see many a pooch doing the same, human companion in tow. With dog friendly hotels, parks, boutiques and free treats throughout town, Alexandria is downright pup-ular. Continue reading

Top 7 Places for Photos in Old Town Alexandria

Old Town Alexandria gives photographers plenty to work with in terms of scenery, color and life: the city is studded with vibrantly colored doors and brick, cobblestone streets and stunning views of the Potomac River. With so much extraordinary scenery and architecture, Alexandria offers sought-after locales for engagement shoots, weddings, family photos, fashion shoots, and of course those no-filter-needed Instagrams. Continue reading