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|Alexandria is a beautiful historic city, with cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks, and buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. To get a real feel for the historic side to Alexandria, take a Guided Walking Tour at The Historic Visitor's Center, conveniently located on King Street. For reservations and information call  548.0100.
Ramsay House (Alexandria Visitor's Center), the oldest standing house in Alexandria, was built in 1724 by William Ramsay, Founder, Trustee, and first Mayor of Alexandria. For info, call  838.4200.
If you are interested in a different spin on Alexandria's history, try the Ghost and Graveyard Tour, a lantern-lit nighttime tour of Old Town's haunted streets that features guides in period dress who will regale you with legends authenticated by research and personal interviews. For info, call  548.0100.
Only 8 miles away from Old Town, along the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway (voted one of the country's 10 most scenic drives) is Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Tour George Washington's home, as well as the museum, fabulous gardens, numerous outbuildings, and the Washington Tomb. For info, call  780.2000.
Just three miles away from Mount Vernon is Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope Leighey House. For info, call  780.4000.
The Alexandria African American Heritage Park includes lovely bronze tree sculptures called "Truths that Rise from the Roots Remembered," in honor of the African Americans who contributed to Alexandria's history. The park also includes a small 19th century African American cemetery with six remaining identified headstones.
The Torpedo Factory on the Union Street waterfront is hard to miss: it was built in 1918 to manufacture torpedo shell cases and still houses an example. 25 years ago, the factory became a prime example of adaptive reuse; converted into an artist's colony, it now houses 150+ artists, studios, and galleries, as well as Alexandria Archeology's museum and laboratory. For info, call  838.4565.
If you just want to relax and let the wind ruffle your hair for a while, try a narrated Boat Tour on the Potomac, of the Washington D.C. monuments or the Old Town waterfront. For info, call  548.9000.
Alexandria has such a wealth of fun and history to offer, it is impossible to take it all in. But that's no reason not to try!