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Stretched along the Potomac River just outside of Washington, D.C., Alexandria is a beautiful, elegant Old World town. Start your exploration in the Old Town, with worn brick sidewalks and wonderfully restored 18th and 19th century houses. King Street is a great shopping destination, lined with all sorts of shops and boutiques. Gadsby’s Tavern, now a museum, was the place where the Founding Fathers used to come for a meal and a beverage or two. Strolling through Carlyle House Historic Park is like a trip through history, with a beautiful Georgian mansion and a lush garden. Nearby is Mount Vernon, once the estate of the first American president. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, with its ornate hall, observation deck, and museum, is a shrine to George Washington. The Torpedo Factory Art Center, located in a former munitions plant, is the city’s renowned art gallery.
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