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A quick look at Alexandria

Courtesy Alexandria CVA

Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association
221 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-3209
(703) 838-4200

Recognitions: The National Organization on Disability named Alexandria one of the top accessible cities in the country in its 2009 Accessible America Competition.

What’s new: Early last year, Potomac Riverboat Co. began a water taxi service to and from National Harbor, a shopping and hotel complex across the Potomac River. The company is looking at other ways it can provide water transportation around the D.C. area. In the past three years, $388 million has been spent to build new hotels and renovate existing properties. A year ago, launched an online restaurant reservation system using technology that was new in the United States.

Rooms: There are 4,746 guest rooms in 24 hotels.

Location: Alexandria is eight miles south of Washington, D.C., in northern Virginia. Its neighbor to the north is the suburb of Arlington, Va.

Transportation: Meeting attendees can compare fares at three airports. The nearest, on Alexandria’s edge, is Ronald Reagan Washington National; Dulles International and Baltimore Washington International are each about 30 miles away. Most of Alexandria’s hotels have free shuttles to Reagan National. The D.C. metro system has a station at the top of Alexandria’s King Street, where visitors can catch the city’s free trolley for rides up and down King Street’s 17-block length.

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