Private Walking Tour of Historic Alexandria

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Enjoy a private walking tour of Alexandria, home to the most notable American figures, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and George Washington.

Itinerary Details

Enjoy a walking tour of Alexandria with a private guide, where you will uncover the city through the stories of notable American figures. On your private tour, you will:

  • Explore the best of the historic city by foot 
  • Visit Christ Church and its graveyard, where notable literary figures attended church and were buried.
  • Hear how Gadsby Tavern was at the centre of several revolutionaries and founding fathers who went on to be American presidents.
  • Learn about the notable figures who called Alexandria home, including George Washington who first fell in love while living in the city. 
  • See some of the country’s greatest Georgian architecture, and walk through one of America’s oldest historic districts. 
  • Visit one of the largest art collectives in the country in a converted torpedo factory.
  • Your tour ends on King Street, where your guide will happily direct you to some of the best local eateries or guide you to museums, which you can visit at your leisure. 
On your private walking tour of Alexandria, you will hear the tales of one of America’s earliest cities, and one of its most important leading up to the Revolution. You’ll learn about America’s famous founding fathers, and their ties to the town—from Washington and Jefferson to Frenchman Lafayette and founding trustee John Carlyle. Explore the larger-than-life figure, Washington, by traversing the places which made Alexandria his home: visit the church where Washington was a member, walk by the home of his first love and the home of his physician. 

On your walking tour, you’ll see Gadsby’s Tavern, where you will hear of the letters written between other notable past presidents — Thomas Jefferson and John Adams — political opponents who went on to have an epic friendship, carried out largely through letters. You’ll see some of the country’s greatest Georgian architecture at the Fairfax home, and walk Captains Row, where the cobblestone roads date back to the early 1700s.

 Along your walk, learn how the city of Alexandria arose — from its landed gentry to its slave heritage who built much of the infrastructure that remains today. Visit the historic Alexandria waterfront, which is always bustling now with water taxis and private craft, and visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center to see the city’s vibrant art scene. 

At the end of your walking tour, you are free to continue exploring this gem of a town at your own leisure, grab a bite to eat or see the farmer's market and enjoy the town's waterfront. 


Tour duration
2.5 hours 30 minutes

Type of tour
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Tickets included
No tickets required

Other inclusions
Gratuities not included

Suitable for
Couples, Family, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious

Attractions along this route:

Christ Church Alexandria
With over 250 years of history, the church has served as the parish to notable founding fathers, and has found itself the subject of an early case before the Supreme Court.

Gadsby Tavern & Museum
The tavern is renowned for its litany of connection to the Founding Fathers, including as the site where Jefferson held his inaugural ball. Attached is the Museum of this Historic Site.

Adams-Jefferson letters
Though they were lifelong political opponents, Jefferson and Adams wrote letters to one another over 50 years, and their correspondence sheds light on life in the young republic.

Alexandria City Hall and Market Square
Originally a market square and the courts of the eighteenth century, the building standing today was erected in 1872 and remains at the center of life for Alexandrians.

Carlyle House
Built by Scottish merchant founding trustee of Alexandria, Carlyle House has a storied history, including ties to the British efforts in the French-Indian War.

Captain's Row
Walk down one of America's oldest historic districts on Captain's Row, where the cobblestone was laid more than 300 years ago.

Torpedo Factory Art Center
Opened at the close of World War I, the torpedo factory was in production for more than 20 years, before ending its mission after the second World War. Now, it serves as space for local artists to work and showcase their crafts.

Old Town Alexandria Harbor
The historic waterfront is lined with numerous restaurants, along with water taxis which can take you up and down the Potomac, and over to DC.
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