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About Alexandria

Though small in size, Alexandria makes a big impact because of its exciting, energetic, diverse neighborhoods and communities.

Old Town

From the Potomac River waterfront to the King Street Metro, restaurants, shops and historic attractions line King Street and the side streets radiating from it. Events – including parades, house tours and a two-day art festival – make Old Town a lively neighborhood year-round.

Del Ray

Founded in 1894 as a “streetcar suburb” to Washington, D.C., Del Ray is a cozy neighborhood and national historic district that describes itself as “where Main Street still exists.” Much of the pride in the neighborhood revolves around the charming late 19 th and 20th century architecture. Del Ray bustles with an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants that are clustered around Mount Vernon Avenue. Del Ray is also an enclave for the arts, celebrated each year on the first Saturday of October with Art on the Avenue, a multicultural festival.

Arlandria

North of Del Ray along Mount Vernon Avenue is Arlandria, a small neighborhood nestled between Arlington and Alexandria. It is also popularly known as Chirilagua, the El Salvadoran village that was home to many of its residents. Small shops and restaurants with an international clientele line its streets. The highlight of this community’s calendar is the Arlandria-Chirilagua Festival held every summer.

Eisenhower Valley

The Eisenhower Valley is home to the United States Patent & Trade Office, a complex of five buildings that, when completed in 2005, will accommodate more than 7,000 federal employees. An easy walk of just two blocks away is Hoffman Town Center, which bustles with restaurants, an ice cream shop and a 22-screen theater. A short drive away is Cameron Run Regional Park, popular with families for its miniature golf, waterslide and wave pool.

West End

Only eight miles from downtown Washington DC with easy access to I-395, this is the city’s largest and fastest-growing neighborhood. Home to a large, diverse variety of restaurants and several fine hotels (and plenty of parking), points of interest include the Civil War-era Fort Ward Park.

Alexandria has consistently been ranked as one of the country’s best places to live and work, with Ladies’ Home Journal naming it the best city for women in 2000. Many of the reasons are to be found in these neighborhoods that come together to make Alexandria the Fun Side of the Potomac.

SERVICES  
Renter’s Insurance Coverage & Information rentersinsuranceselect.com
Telephone and Internet verizon.com
Cable, Telephone & Internet cox.com
Online Shopping amazon.com
U.S. Postal Service usps.com
Department of Motor Vehicles dmv.state.va.us
Fairfax County Government fairfaxcounty.gov
Fairfax County Public Libraries fairfaxcounty.gov/library
Voter Registration sbe.virginia.gov
   
UTILITIES  
Dominion Electric Power Company dom.com/dominion-virginia-power
Gas Company washingtongas.com
   
ENTERTAINMENT  
National Harbor nationalharbor.com
Concerts / Events and Tickets livenation.com
Dining / Museums / Theatres / Tickets washingtondc.com
Movie tickets/ Imax Theatre Tickets fandango.com
Stage and Live Theatre Tickets nationaltheatre.org
Movie Tickets / Dining / Railway Tickets unionstationdc.com
Smithsonian Museums smithsonian.gov
Local Sights and Activities visitalexandriava.com
   
WASHINGTON AREA SPORTING EVENTS  
Washington Football Team Tickets / Shopping washingtonfootball.com
Nationals Baseball nationals.com
Capitals Hockey capitals.nhl.com
Wizards Basketball nba.com/wizards
DC United Soccer dcunited.com

TRANSPORTATION  
Traffic Conditions trafficland.com
Metropolitan Airports Travel Reservations metwashairports.com
Airlines, Buses, Taxis, Metro System info. commuterpage.com
Metro wmata.com
Amtrak amtrak.com
   
PARKS, RECREATION, & POINTS OF INTEREST  
National Park Service nps.gov/parks.html
Fairfax County Parks and Rec. fairfaxcounty.gov/living/parks
George Washington’s Estate and Museum visit.mountvernon.org
Huntley Meadows Park fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley
Fort Hunt Park and Recreation Area stateparks.com/fort_hunt.html
   
SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION  
Fairfax County Public Schools www.fcps.edu
Hybla Valley Elementary http://www.fcps.edu/HyblaValleyES
Carl Sandburg Middle School http://www.fcps.edu/SandburgMS
West Potomac High School http://www.fcps.edu/WestPotomacHS