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Alexandria also called The City of Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Like the rest of Northern Virginia, as well as central Maryland, modern Alexandria has been shaped by its proximity to the U.S. capital. It is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, in the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government. One of Alexandria's largest employers is the U.S. Department of Defense. Another is the Institute for Defense Analyses. In 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office moved to Alexandria.
The first European settlement was established in 1695 in what was then the English Colony of Virginia. Almost immediately upon establishment, the town founders called the new town "Belhaven," believed to be in honor of a Scottish patriot, John Hamilton, second Lord Belhaven and Stenton, the Northern Neck tobacco trade being then dominated by Scots. The town of Alexandria did not become incorporated until 1779. In 1930, Alexandria annexed the Town of Potomac. That town, adjacent to Potomac Yard, had been laid out beginning in the late 19th century and incorporated in 1908.
By the end of the 20th century, Alexandria had become an essential portion of the urban agglomeration of Northern Virginia.
Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C.
Alexandria, Virginia, gets 44 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 7 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 116.
On average, there are 201 sunny days per year in Alexandria, Virginia. The July high is around 89 degrees. The January low is 24. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 41 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.
Although there is shopping all over Alexandria, most go to the Old Town Boutique, named by the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post as one of the area’s top shopping destinations. Find everything from international brands to mom-and-pop style boutiques for an unforgettable shopping experience that you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Christmas Attic – 125 S. Union Street – (703) 548-2829
529 Kids Consign – 122A S. Royal Street – (703) 567-4518
Acme Mid-Century Modern – 128 South Royal Street – (703) 836-0333
An American In Paris Inc. – 1225 King Street – (703) 519-8234
Eateries in Alexandria offer extraordinary meals in a delightfully historical setting. With the mix of a gleaming ambiance, elegant ingredients and intimate service, the restaurants here leave guests in awe after each and every meal.
Austin Grill and Tequila Bar – 801 King Street – (703) 684-8969
Bilbo Baggins Restaurant – 208 Queen Street – (703) 683-0300
Blackwall Hitch – 5 Cameron Street – (571) 982-3577
BRABO By Robert Wiedmaier – 1600 King Street – (703) 894-3440
Alexandria’s nightlife is as meaningful and inspiring to participate in as it is to watch. With live performances, karaoke, shuffleboard, pool and lots of music, you won’t be left wondering what to do next. If dancing is your thing, grab your boots and giddy up at Nick’s Nightclub. Don’t let the name deceive you – this is as country-western as the country gets!
Flamenco Show At La Tasca – 607 King Street – (703) 299-9810
Pour House Trivia – 105 King Street – (703) 836-5676
Monday Night Lobster Special At La Bergerie: $24 – 218 North Lee Street – (703) 683-1007
Open Mic Night With Robin And Carl – 710 King St. – (703) 836-4000
The city home to the Alexandria City Public Schools system and by the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Alexandria's public school system consists of 13 elementary schools for grades 5-year-old kindergarten through Grade 5. Middle Schools, George Washington and Francis C. Hammond, serve sixth through eighth graders. Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T.C. Williams High School serve grades ninth and 10 through 12, respectively, for the entire city.
Alexandria has several of the Washington, D.C., area's top private schools, such as St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, Bishop Ireton High School, and Episcopal High School. Also in the city are Alexandria Country Day School, Commonwealth Academy, St. Mary's Catholic School, St. Rita's Catholic School, Blessed Sacrament School and Global Health College.
John Adams Elementary School (Grades PreK-5) – 5651 Rayburn Avenue – (703) 824-6970
Francis C. Hammond Middle School (Grades 6-8) – 4646 Seminary Road – (703) 461-4100
T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus (Grade 9) – 3801 W. Braddock Road – (703) 824-6750
T.C. Williams High School (Grades 10-12) – 3330 King Street – (703) 824-6800
Whether you’re spending a long weekend or making a day trip from Washington, D.C., you’re in for an unforgettable experience in Alexandria, Virginia.
A combination of early American heritage and cosmopolitan sophistication, Alexandria boasts a vast array of activities, ranging from boat cruises to art galleries and cozy historic sites. Combine these with award-winning restaurants and streets of boutiques, all within walking distance, and you'll find an extraordinary city tucked just beneath the nation's capital.
Alexandria Colonial Tours – 201 King Street – (703) 519-1749
Torpedo Factory Art Center – 105 N. Union Street – (703) 838-4565
Alexandria Black History Museum – 902 Wythe Street – (703) 746-4356
Carlyle House – 121 N. Fairfax Street – (703) 549-2997
So close to the nation’s capital, yet far enough away to be in a world of its own. A lot of work has gone into make sure that the rich history of both Alexandria and Old Town Alexandria are preserved. This is one of the few places in the country where you can go to experience an old-world vibe and the enriching activities that take place here.
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