George Washington loved walking on its streets and for this reason alone, Alexandria is a place that every tourist must visit. Situated on the Potomac River, Alexandria is an independent city in the state of Virginia. It is the center of commerce and trade, as well as of transportation in the area. There are over 300 national trade operations headquartered in this independent city, proving that it is a major commercial hub in the state.
A City for Presidents and Generals
Alexandria is most famous for its historic district called “Old Town,” where George Washington spent most of his town while based in Alexandria. Tourists must not miss visiting the Christ Church, where the first U.S. President worshipped and Gadsby’s Tavern, where George Washington frequently downed some ‘spirits’. Another historically interesting location is the childhood home of General Robert E. Lee, the commanding general of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Washington’s home sits on the estate called Mount Vernon, located in the southern part of Alexandria.
Rich Alexandrian History
Visiting Alexandria would give tourists the privilege to look at American history so closely with the many historical sites available in the city. The Alexandria Black History Resource Center, for example, is a Black Heritage Site that showcases the art, religion and life of the African-American people in Virginia. Meanwhile, for inquisitive minds interested in pharmacology, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum features how ailments were handled way back in the 1700's. The museum houses 8000 apothecary items and looks the very way as it was furnished in the 18th Century.
Feast in Alexandria’s Spring and Summer Festivals!
Another Alexandrian experience that tourists must never miss are the festivals that occur in the summer and in the spring. The National Treasure Tour, Mount Vernon’s Gardening Days, and the Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour, are just three of the festivals that would certainly delight visitors.