First surveyed in 1749, Alexandria claims some of the richest history in the D.C. metropolitan area. At various points in her past, Alexandria has been part of the District of Columbia, a regional slave trading market, an occupied city, a washed-up post-industrial hamlet, and a hometown to famous American heroes and rebels. Today, the town serves as an interesting day-trip alternative for weary tourists looking to escape the capital, a treasure trove of early American architecture, a romantic getaway for metro-area residents, and a bedroom community for the white-collar workers that fuel the Federal labor mills to the north. Old Town’s cobblestone streets have nearly 4,000 buildings dating as far back as the 1600s, and is filled with shops and good restaurants.
Alexandria is accessible from the three Washington, D.C., area airports.
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA IATA) is located just north of Alexandria in Arlington. From Reagan National, downtown Alexandria (King Street Station) is only two Metro stops away: take the Yellow metro line in the direction of Huntington or the Blue line towards Franconia/Springfield.
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD IATA) is 30 miles northwest of Alexandria.
- Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI IATA) is 40 miles northeast of Alexandria.
For information on traveling to Alexandria from DC area airports, see the “Get in” section of Washington DC.
As an hub for commuters, Alexandria is well served by rail. Virginia Railway Express (VRE) provides weekday, daytime rail service to Alexandria station from Fredericksburg, Manassas and Washington, D.C. Intercity trains are provided by Amtrak and its Northeastern Regional service. Southbound trains originate in Boston and stops in New York City among several other cities. Northbound trains runs from Lynchburg, Newport News or Norfolk with the last two also stopping in the capital of Virginia, Richmond.
Several long distance trains makes a stop in Alexandria, including the Cardinal (New York-Chicago), Carolinian (New York-Charlotte), Crescent (New York-New Orleans), Palmetto (New York-Savannah) as well as the Silver Meteor and Silver Star between New York and Miami.
1 Alexandria station is located at 110 Callahan Dr, adjacent to King Street Station, served by the yellow and blue metro lines.