Alexandria, founded in 1749, has a fascinating history, and many of its historic buildings are still preserved today.Today, Alexandria still retains much of its historic character. Many late 18th- and early 19th-century townhouses and warehouses remain in the “Old Town” section of the city, along the west bank of the Potomac River. While still a residential area for many federal employees, Alexandria is also home to many national associations, corporations, restaurants, shops and other businesses. Many old landmarks have become museums, historic sites and art galleries. Public parks line the waterfront and the river is actively used by fishermen and recreational boaters. Visitors to the National Capitol area find that Alexandria serves as a quaint change of pace from the hectic hustle of downtown Washington, a place to relax and discover what the region was like many years ago.
For those commuting to Washington DC, Arlington or Maryland; Alexandria is convenient to I-395, I-495, I-95, Route 1 and George Washington parkway. Reagan National airport and several metro stations made Alexandria an easy commute to almost everywhere in the DC area.