Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, historic Alexandria, Virginia is the ideal summer getaway for family fun just minutes from Washington, D.C. Located on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria summers are filled with endless ways to enjoy the season, from “Hamilton” happenings, boat cruises and walking tours to festivals, live music and LGBTQ Pride Month events. You can explore the city on a day trip, or make it your home base for a D.C. family vacation with some of the best hotel prices of the year. With so many spectacular summer activities to choose from, we’ve rounded up our top reasons to visit Alexandria this summer.
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.
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.