Founded in 1749, Alexandria, Virginia, has evolved from a small tobacco trading post into a contemporary city with a rich history and stunning architecture. Eight miles from the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, and the Museum of National History, the city has a relaxed pace compared to the hustle and bustle of downtown Washington D.C. Alexandria's Old Town and its historic buildings offer a glimpse into the past of America.
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Explore the Old Town during the day with its assortment of boutique stores, theaters, and antique shops. Here you'll find grand townhouses from the 18th and early-19th centuries lining the west bank of the Potomac River. This shimmering mass of water, the fourth-largest on the Atlantic coast, is popular with fishermen and boaters. With children's playground and riverside vistas, nearby Windmill Hill Park is the perfect spot for a picnic. Don't forget to visit the Lyceum either, which is less than a mile away. This museum, built in 1839 and famous for its impressive Greek Revival architecture, retells the history of Alexandria, Virginia, from Colonial times through to the modern day.
Later on, head over to King Street, Old Town's main street, and catch some live jazz. Alexandria's convenient mid-coast location made it a popular haunt for some of the most famous artists in the genre, a tradition that continues today.