The third-most historic location in the nation, Old Town Alexandria charms groups with its cobblestone sidewalks and waterside ambience. Its location makes it the perfect historical destination meetings in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, for not only are the venues in Old Town Alexandria located within sight of the capital, the majority are situated conveniently in the heart of town among the Colonial architecture for which Alexandria is known.
Alexandria is served by the Washington, DC metro rail system on the orange line. The King Street location is central and easy to get to by foot or shuttle from any venue in the town. Drivers enjoy a scenic route to Alexandria from both Washington Reagan and Dulles airports and the heart of the DC. The George Washington Parkway, Route 66 and Routes 50, I 95 and I-495 all are major traffic arteries.
Meeting venues in Old Town Alexandria include George Washington's Mount Vernon home, a picturesque location for a grand occasion or an intimate gathering, situated largely along the banks of the Potomac River. The east lawn of the estate can host up to 1,200 guests and offers breathtaking views of the Potomac River and surrounding areas. The estate is also home to a museum and education center, orientation center, Smith Auditorium, restaurant and distillery, all of which have the capacity to host events. The plantation can be accessed by boat.
Groups will also appreciate the modern flair of hotel venues in Old Town Alexandria. The 4 Star, 4 Diamond Westin Alexandria and the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center offer state-of-the-art facilities and ample function space. The Hilton has nearly 5,000 feet of exhibit space, a 10,000-square-foot ballroom and newly renovated guests rooms.
History lovers thrive off of the activities in Alexandria. The King Street Trolley is a favorite of many, a free ride that nobody turns down. Groups can use it for informal historical tours or travel to shopping. Outdoor enthusiasts might rent a bike and head toward the national's capital (which is accessible by both bike paths and roads), getting as close as they wish to the National Monument illuminated in the distance, 16 miles away. And don't forget the sparkling Potomac River, accessible by sailboat, kayak, paddle boat, dinner cruise, capital cruise and more.
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All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Approximate taxi fare: $16.02 USD
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Approximate taxi fare: $85.77 USD
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