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Drive or walk around the streets of Alexandria to feel transported to a different era. The 18th and 19th-century architecture, still retaining its old-world charm, has led the town to be labeled one of the most picturesque in the state. Museums around the area chronicle the histories of firefighting, apothecaries, archaeology and social change. The nearby town of Mount Vernon is famous as the home of George Washington.

Rent a car through Orbitz to roam throughout Alexandria, stopping for food by the banks of the Potomac River. Then, take your car out of the city to see the other fascinating destinations nearby.


Alexandria and beyond: Picturesque Potomac

Drive in your rental car along the Potomac River to reach destinations near Alexandria that are rich with local history and culture. We’ve picked three exciting spots to visit.

Arlington

The city of Arlington, just over the river from the national capital, is a place to reflect and remember different aspects of the country’s history. A tribute to the Pentagon staff members who died during 9/11 and the Arlington National Cemetery are two moving, thought-provoking destinations to explore when in town. The US Air Force Memorial, which is marked by three spires curving into the sky, could be the most striking of the city’s monuments.

Journey time: Around 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 10 miles

Washington DC

Anyone with an interest in the history of the US should visit the country’s elegant, classically designed capital city. Hop between monuments to the country’s most famous leaders, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument. Set aside hours to explore the museums in the city center, including the grand exhibitions of the Smithsonian Institute.

Journey time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 10 miles

Fredericksburg

Drive south of Alexandria to reach the charming town of Fredericksburg, where buildings from the Colonial Era and the Civil War remain remarkably preserved. Take a pony and carriage tour around the historic center, before driving out to the historically significant mansions in the town. Chatham Manor played a key role in the Civil War, while Ferry Farm preserves moments from George Washington’s childhood.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 50 miles