Points of Interest In and Around Alexandria

Alexandria, VirginiaAlexandria, VA - Founded in 1749 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Alexandria is nationally recognized for its abundance of 18th- and 19th-century architecture, chic boutiques, national retail stores, fine art & antique galleries, historic attractions and award-winning restaurants. With five Metro stations and a range of experiences to suit every taste, Alexandria is the perfect gateway to all that Greater Washington has to offer. website

Mount VernonMount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens - The beautiful riverside estate of George Washington includes the Mansion, outbuildings, tomb, & working farm, and new visitor facilities with 25 galleries and theaters. The new Orientation Center and Museum and Education Center feature interactive displays, movies, and high-tech, immersive experiences in addition to more than 700 artifacts. Open daily. Cruise from Old Town with the Potomac Riverboat Company, April - October. website

Kennedy CenterKennedy Center - The nation's performing arts center, presenting the best music, dance, theatre, international, and children's programs in six theatres. website

George Washington Masonic National Memorial - Patterned after a lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt, the Memorial displays a magnificent 17-ft. bronze statue of George Washington and an outstanding collection of Washington artifacts. website

Washington Monument

Washington Monument - The Washington Monument is the most prominent, as well as one of the older, attractions in Washington, D.C. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence, and then became its first President. The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, 555’ 5/8” high, and averages 30 to 40 miles visibility in clear weather. It was finished on December 6, 1884. website

National Mall - A splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens. website

Vietnam MemorialArlington National Cemetery - Arlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. website

Vietnam Veterans Memorial - The black granite walls of this moving V-shaped memorial are inscribed with the names of more than 58,209 Americans missing or killed in the Vietnam conflict. Frederick Hart's life-size bronze sculpture depicts three young servicemen. website

White HousePresidents Park (The White House) - Throughout the years President’s Park has served many purposes from bosk to bivouac, from a field for infantry drills to a place for inaugural celebrations. With the White House as a back drop, President’s Park over time has played host to suffragettes, freedom riders, anti-war protestors, Easter egg rollers, and participants of festivities surrounding the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. website

U. S. Capitol - Under the magnificent white dome, senators and representatives meet to shape U.S. legislative policy. Free guided tours leave every 15-minutes in the Rotunda daily 9 am - 3:45 pm and include the Statuary Hall, the original Supreme Court chamber and the Crypt, intended burial place of George and Martha Washington.

Revolutionary War piperSmithsonian Institution - The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 17 museums and the National Zoo in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and 2 museums in New York City. The Smithsonian's 19th museum—the National Museum of African American History and Culture—will tell the African American story and the central role it has played in our nation's history. website

Alfred Street Baptist Church - During 1818 several members of the Colored Baptist Society rented the property at 313 South Alfred Street to have their meetings. In 1842 the property was purchased and the name was changed to African Baptist Society. It has been owned by the church since that time, even though possession was interrupted by the Union troops for an indefinite period during the Civil War. It is believed to have been used as a hospital and recruiting station for the Union Army. The first known building constructed by the congregation was built in 1855. website