Destination guide

Step back into America’s past in Alexandria

Eager to visit the historic landmarks of the nation’s capital, without actually staying in the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC itself? Alexandria might well be the answer. Located around 7 miles from downtown DC, it has an appeal and personality of its own, thanks to the picturesque Old Town studded with boutiques and vintage shops. Fittingly, for an area which exudes such historic charm, many Alexandria vacation rentals are lovingly restored townhouses dating back at least a century, with picture-perfect clapboard facades, and rooms fitted out with antique furniture. They’ll make you nostalgic for eras you’ve only seen depicted in films and TV shows.

Things to do

Panoramic views over Alexandria

You can’t come to Alexandria and not make a beeline for the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. This is undoubtedly the most iconic landmark of all: a literally towering celebration of the nation’s first president, built in the style of Egypt’s Lighthouse of Alexandria. Wandering through its grand portico, you’ll set eyes on vast tablets engraved with Washington’s words and epic murals depicting his life, before taking in views across Alexandria on the observation deck. A very different cultural attraction, meanwhile, is the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where you can meet resident, working artists in a building that really was once a torpedo factory.

Activities

Wandering through atmospheric Alexandria

With cobbled lanes lined by centuries-old townhouses, the Old Town is the major draw for most visitors to this neck of the woods. And you’ll see why, when you stroll out from your Alexandria vacation rental and explore this historic warren that’s brimming with places to browse and dine. There are over 200 independent eateries and boutiques here, with King Street a particularly popular stretch for fashionistas. If history is what you’re really hungry for, there are plenty of landmarks to see, from Carlyle House – the stately Georgian abode of one of the area’s founding fathers – to Gadsby’s Tavern, which was once the hub of political and social intrigue.

Weather

Summer frolics and winter wonders in Alexandria

There’s no denying that summer is a fine time to book Alexandria vacation rentals. The balmy weather is best enjoyed along the river, where you can relax with a picnic or catch live performances on waterfront parks. It all makes for an ideal getaway for romantic couples and families alike. That said, the colder months are also a treat in Alexandria. Come the festive season, the Scottish Christmas Walk sees bagpipers parade through the Old Town, while First Night Alexandria is an exuberant, family-friendly party that sees in the New Year with sizzling street food and flamboyant fireworks.

Natural features

A slice of history by the river

Sitting to the south of Washington, DC, Alexandria hugs a stretch of the rippling Potomac River. The waterfront is a big part of life here, whether you’re a local or a visitor, providing a picturesque backdrop for hiking or cycling. And if that isn’t enough, you can also take a laid-back boat tour down the river. If you have time, it’s also worth going south of Alexandria to Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington, where you’ll discover lush gardens and local residents including sheep, hogs, and horses.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Alexandria

Fly into Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), the closest airport, located 6 mi (9.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into College Park, MD (CGS), which is 17 mi (27.4 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is Alexandria Station. You can see more of Alexandria by catching a ride on the metro at Huntington Station, Huntington Ave. Station or Van Dorn Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Alexandria?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,880 vacation rentals near Alexandria. From 562 Houses to 989 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Alexandria for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Alexandria?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alexandria:

  • Old Town: 615 vacation rentals
  • Old Town West: 100 vacation rentals
  • Alexandria West: 24 vacation rentals
  • Del Ray: 91 vacation rentals
  • Potomac West: 104 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Alexandria?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Alexandria. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Alexandria's Christ Church: 2,064 vacation rentals
  • George Washington Masonic National Memorial: 2,089 vacation rentals
  • Lee-Fendall House: 2,069 vacation rentals
  • John Carlyle House: 2,066 vacation rentals
  • Torpedo Factory Art Center: 2,064 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Alexandria listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Alexandria?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 562 Houses in Alexandria. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Alexandria include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 989 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 193 rentals available
  • Cottages: 8 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Alexandria?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 359 vacation rentals with pool available in Alexandria. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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