Your Guide To An Awesome Last-Minute Getaway Near D.C.

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From the east to the west, the U.S. is sprinkled with various “Old Towns," from Old Town San Diego to Old Town Albuquerque. But Virginia's Old Town Alexandria is the only Old Town that is technically really old. Dating back to colonial times, major players like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee once called this port city home.

While it may be old, its close proximity to Washington, D.C. (a quick 15 minute drive), along with cute boutiques, good food, and a revitalized waterfront, is attracting a new crowd.

Need a refuge from the district’s cramped Smithsonian scene? Stroll the streets of Old Town Alexandria, with their distinct 18th century vibe, and be sure to check out these seven hot spots.