Top Reasons to Stay at Best Western Old Colony Inn
- This centrally located boutique hotel is only 5 miles from many of the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC.
- You can also explore nearby Old Town Alexandria’s historic architecture, antique shops, and art galleries.
- To learn more about the area’s past, visit the Alexandria Black History Museum, the Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
- The hotel’s complimentary shuttle service will take you anywhere within a 3-mile radius, including the Braddock Road Metro station, where you can catch a train to downtown DC.
- Each morning, guests are served a complimentary hot breakfast.
Alexandria, Virginia: Stomping Grounds for Historic Icons near Washington, DC
Situated about 8 miles south of Washington, DC, on the banks of the Potomac River, Alexandria was once the home of some of America’s most legendary figures. In Old Town Alexandria, the city’s official historic district, George Washington surveyed his troops from the door of Gadsby’s Tavern. Years later, a young Robert E. Lee attended Christ Church, a Georgian-style church built in 1773 that still hosts services today. Today, guided walking tours pass by both of these landmarks, as well as a dozen other historic sites and museums. These tours head down brick sidewalks lined with more than 2,000 buildings that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. And the city seamlessly merges the past with the present—it’s the kind of town with horse-drawn carriages and cobblestone streets.
To see even more of the city, hop on the Free King Street Trolley. The trolley runs every 15 minutes, stopping at 20 cultural and historic attractions. Along the way, you can stop at the salmon-colored Athenaeum, a 19th-century building that’s currently an art museum, or learn about old herbal remedies at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, a medical-remedies store from 1796. Hop off at the Potomac River waterfront, where you can walk along the hiking and biking trails that line the river.
From Alexandria, you can easily get to many of Washington, DC’s best attractions via the King Street Blue Line Metro station, which stops at Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall, and the Washington Monument. The mall stretches 2.5 miles east from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building on the other end. Across the Tidal Basin, stop in to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, which features a series of waterfalls, sculptures, and inspiring quotes from the 32nd president. To avoid crowds, tour the monuments after dusk, when they’re lit up.
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