Old Town Alexandria Walking Tour Part 1: The Southeast Quadrant

Steeped in history, full of charm, and jam packed with interesting sights and architecture, the streets of Old Town Alexandria’s neighborhoods make for a day of fun while wandering, gawking, and learning.

Having lived in Alexandria since 2000, and in historic Old Town since 2003, we never tire of Old Town. It’s not unusual to find us going on walks several times per week just to enjoy this place we call home. 

Now that we’re solidly into the beautiful fall weather, we want to share some of our favorite Old Town Alexandria walking paths with you. Best of all, these are all tours from the perspective of locals.

If you’re not familiar with Old Town Alexandria, it’s divided into four primary quadrants, Southeast, Northeast, Southwest, and Northwest. These four quadrants are based around the central intersection of King and Washington Streets, and each quadrant has its own unique and interesting elements that set it apart from the others. 

We’ll be doing this series of blog posts on walking tours of Old Town with each post focusing on an individual quadrant. It’s our hope that these guides will offer you a tour of Old Town from a local’s vantage point. While I wouldn’t really call it “off the beaten path,” I think it’s fair to consider these walking tours a deviation from the typical tourist guides offered online. So if you find yourself in Old Town, either because you live here or are visiting, we hope you can use our guide to glimpse something interesting and new. And if you’re just reading from afar, we hope our photos and descriptions will help paint a picture of our amazing city.

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