During our 48-hour Washington DC trip, first we visited Alexandria. It is a nationally designated historic district on the famous Potomac River waterfront. Unlike the rural districts of the US, the streets are full of cafes and people in Alexandria. As I read before, there are more than 200 restaurants and boutiques in the Old Town of Alexandria. The famous spot is the King Street.
We spent our time as follows.
- 7.30 pm – The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
- 8.00 pm – Alexandria Historical District
- 8.30 pm – Walking on the King Street
- 9.00 pm – Old Town Alexandria Waterfront
- 10.00 pm – Tiny Spite House on 523 Queen St
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
The view from the observation deck is wonderful. You can see the all streets of Alexandria, Potomac River. The memorial belongs the first president of the US, George Washington who is also a Mason. You can also visit inside of the building and see interesting history and breath taking objects about Masons.
Alexandria Historical District
Old Town is the heart of Alexandria, located just minutes from Washington, D.C., and named a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2020 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Best Cities 2020 by Southern Living. With its concentration of boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and theaters, it is a major draw for all who live in Alexandria as well for visitors. Like Old Town, many Alexandria neighborhoods are compact and walkable. It is the 7th largest and highest-income independent city in Virginia.
Walking on the King Street and Waterfront
The King Street is the main street of the city. In other words, we can call it the heart of the town. It is a very lovely and nice place to see so many attractions. We spent some time on the street and then went toward to the waterfront park to eat our ice-cream. We watched Potomac River and shores.
Tiny Spite House on 523 Queen St
Tourists gawk in front of this home and use it for photo ops, arms held out wide to show just how narrow the home is. It’s known at the “Spite House” due to the legend that it was built out of spite to prevent loiterers, neighbors, or carriage traffic. But the true story for why it was built is actually unknown. According to one the web blogs this house was built by the owner of the neighboring property in 1830, over the years this house has stood alone and has been a part of the home to its left. Later on it was separated and became an own house.