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.
Alexandria is nationally known for its historic houses and museums, but a lesser known claim-to-fame has been hiding in the shadows and streets of these buildings for centuries: some of the biggest trees in the country and commonwealth of Virginia. Our city is home to over 100 champion or notable trees. With foliage expected to peak in Virginia over the next few weeks, we’ve compiled an introductory guide to larger-than-life leaf peeping in Alexandria. Whether you’re looking for an all-out “tree-o-caching” adventure or a simple scenic drive along the Potomac, there are extraordinary options for everyone to enjoy the fall foliage. Continue reading
With cooler fall weather comes the onset of race season, and Alexandria is no exception. Hundreds of runners will hit the city streets for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon this weekend, the .US National 12K in November, and many 5k and 10k races in between. Whether you’re training for an upcoming race or just want to hit the trails for some exercise, Alexandria offers both scenic and urban running routes that will be sure to get you motivated and out the door!