Sights and Scenes: Old Town Alexandria

A photographic journey illustrating the pedestrian friendly sights and scenes through Alexandria, Virginia's historic Old Town.

Alexandria, VA is the epitome of a vibrant multimodal friendly urban community. Like many communities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the city’s neighborhoods are compact and walkable. Despite having a population density of nearly 10,000 residents per square mile, much of its built landscape is generally low-rise. Old Town Alexandria is the historic center of this city of nearly 160,000 residents that was founded in 1749. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Old Town is a popular historic district known for its cobblestone streets, restaurants, retail boutique shops and 18th century architecture. King Street serves as the major thoroughfare through Old Town. Here is a visual walk illustrating the sights and scenes along King Street between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Potomac River.