Alexandria Travel Guide

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Alexandria Travel Guide

Alexandria Local History

In 1748 local residents petitioned the Virginia General Assembly to establish a town at the site of a tobacco warehouse in Hinting Creek. The following year the town was named Alexandria in honour of John Alexander who had originally purchased the land.

Within twenty years the town had become a port of entry and a center for the export of flour and hemp. In 1789 the town and a portion of Fairfax County were ceded to become part of the newly created District of Columbia; this was reversed in 1852 and Alexandria acquired city status.

The city endured both the War of Independence and the Civil War and retains historical evidence of both periods. Since the late 1980's the city has experienced exceptional growth as more and more corporate headquarters take root in the town.

Alexandria Attractions

Alexandria Parks & Gardens

All Veterans Park This park has picnic areas, sitting areas, walking trails, jogging and rollerblading paths and bike paths.

Stevenson Park This park contains little league baseball fields, soccer fields a volleyball court, a playground, sitting areas and a basketball court.

Alexandria Restaurants and Bars

Alexandria Restaurants

The Majestic Cafe This restaurant first opened in 1932 and is still as popular now as it was then. It serves lunches and dinner and you will find it at 911 King Street.

Union Street Public House Serving a variety of traditional American cuisine including chicken, burgers, steak sandwiches and more. One of the features of this place is that you can get some of the 'hand crafted' beer that is sold here. The address is 121 Union Street.

Bread and Chocolate This cafe is famous for its pastries and fresh bread. Breakfast is served all day here, a lunch and dinner menu is also available. The address is 611 King Street.

La Bergerie Set in a historic brick warehouse this restaurant is consistently voted one of the areas favourite restaurants. The menu features fine French cuisine and can be located at 218 North Lee Street.

Alexandria Bars & Clubs

Zig's This is the one of the DC area's hottest live music venues featuring local and regional bands by night. A full menu is available until closing every night. The address is 4531 Duke Street.

Cafe Salsa Boasting a lively atmosphere and a wide selection of drinks and a menu if you are hungry. After 10pm, salsa dancers push back the tables and the party begins. The cafe is located at 808 King Street.

King Street Blues You could quite easily spend an entire evening here. You can get something to eat, enjoy drinks at the bar and take in the live music.

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