Come Explore Life in Alexandria
Bustling with life, bursting with possibility, filled with fun… it’s not hard to see why Alexandria, VA is named the #11 Best City to Live in America! Small-town charm couples with big-city amenities to provide a lifestyle that perfectly blends the tranquility of tree-lined streets and the excitement of a thriving downtown scene. Beautiful parks, an endless array of stores and restaurants, and outstanding events are just the beginning of what make Alexandria a truly special place to call home.
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At a Glance
Washington, DC: 20 min Arlington: 15 min Public Transit: Metro Yellow, Metro Blue Commute Options: Metro, VA Rail Express, Commuter Lots, Commuter Buses Airport:Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Dulles International Airport
Zip Code: 22206, 22301, 22302, 22304, 22305, 22311, 22312, 22314 Number of Nature Trails: 116 County: Arlington
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Parks & Rec
With over 900 acres of parkland scattered across 70 parks and 20 miles of trails, Alexandria truly is an amazing place for getting active and getting outside. You’ll find everything from scenic nature preserves to dog parks, sports courts and fields, picnic areas, swimming pools, and even boat slips at City Marina. You can take classes, join a sports league, or enjoy fitness classes at 30 recreation centers. You can even traverse the popular Mount Vernon Trail, which stretches along the Potomac from Mount Vernon Estate to Roosevelt Island in DC.
Shopping, dining, arts, culture, history, nightlife, events and entertainment… Alexandria has it all. And it all starts in Old Town, home to over 200 restaurants and boutiques, historic museums, and amazing events. Explore the bustling King Street shops, eateries, and bars. Walk the waterfront to admire the beautiful views of the Marina or even take a river cruise. Tour local galleries and museums scattered throughout the district, like the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Catch a concert at a park, a Farmers Market, or even take an art class.
Shopping & Dining
From the quaint boutiques and delicious restaurants of Old Town and King Street to major shopping centers filled with big-box retailers and other conveniences, Alexandria is home to every imaginable amenity or business you could need.
What You'll LOVE in Alexandria
Public school education is provided by Alexandria City Public Schools. You’ll also find many top private schools in the area, like St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, Bishop Ireton High School, and Episcopal High School, as well as numerous opportunities for continuing education.
Many choose Alexandria for its outstanding employment opportunities—including the US Department of Commerce, The US Department of Defense, Inova Health System, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority, Institute for Defense Analysis, Northern Virginia Community College, US Department of Agriculture, and many more.
Enjoy all the amazing community events of Alexandria, from regular Farmers Markets downtown to festivals and parades like the Scottish Christmas Walk, Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the Red Cross Waterfront Festival, or First Night Alexandria.
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