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Just seven miles south of the nation’s capital, Washington, the peaceful, old town of Alexandria welcomes visitors to explore its many neighborhoods that are steeped in history. Alexandria is significant because it was the site of one of the very first European settlements in the United States. The area was settled in the 17th century, and Alexandria itself was incorporated as a city in 1779, just a few short years after the country gained independence from the British Empire. The city of Alexandria is unique because it exists as its own independent city with no county claiming it. Originally, George Washington intended for it to be part of the capital region, but after the War of 1812, the territory encompassing Alexandria was retroceded back to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
When you book an RV in Alexandria, Virginia, a myriad of stunning avenues and cobblestone streets offer the perfect opportunity to walk around and patronize the many restaurants and boutiques that the revitalized old neighborhoods now possess.
Interstates 95 and 395, as well as the nearby Ronald Reagan International Airport, ensure that other major east coast cities like Richmond and Baltimore are within reach when you rent an RV, and so too are the incredible parks and forests of central and western Virginia.
Alexandria cherishes its reputation as an outdoors city with its 70 public parks and 30 recreation centers containing pools, courts, fields, and many other athletic facilities for people to exercise. The Mount Vernon Trail winds through town and along the Potomac River waterfront to enable joggers and bicyclists to explore alternative means of transportation apart from automobiles.
Cameron Run Regional Park is located within Alexandria but operated by the NOVA Parks Agency of North Virginia. This incredible adventure space has mini golf, playgrounds and a massive wave pool and waterpark for all to enjoy. Lots of other lovely waterfront parks like Founders Park and Jones Point Park provide peaceful spaces along the river to run or enjoy the boats going by.
Across the Chesapeake Bay, you can take your Alexandria camper rental to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a massive migratory waterfowl sanctuary encompassing 28,000 acres of tidal pools, forests, open fields, and brackish wetlands. Next door, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park sits on 17 acres of land that house an amazing monument and museum honoring the famed conductor of the Underground Railroad that led numerous slaves to freedom in the north.
Both George Washington and Jefferson National Forests combine to cover nearly two million acres of breathtaking land in the Appalachian Mountains. Taking your Alexandria motorhome rental for a drive through the sprawling mountain forests will show you another face of the country that you may never see anywhere else. A fraction of the forest is old growth forest with ancient trees, and part of the Appalachian Trail runs through the territory too.
Shenandoah National Park is the gem of Virginia with its stunning camping opportunities and mountain views. The scenic Skyline Drive that weaves through the Blue Ridge Mountains cannot be skipped when you rent an RV in Alexandria, as it is widely considered to be one of the most impressive scenic drives on the planet.
Alexandria is one of the more decorated cities in the important capital region, with countless historical buildings and areas playing significant roles in the country’s history. The John Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, Robert E. Lee Home, Alexandria Christ Church, and the Alexandria City Hall all house museums offering visitors a chance to learn about the way of life hundreds of years ago as well as the history of the nation.
Historic Old Town is one of the most charming areas to walk around while you envision you have been transported to colonial times. The cobblestone underfoot and the quaint shops lining the road are fun to explore when the weather is nice. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a spectacular national landmark paying respect to the father of the United States, George Washington. The land and monument were donated and are maintained by the Freemasons society.
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is nice for a change of pace, with lots of creative artwork on display. The Alexandria Archeology Museum is also housed within the center so you can learn about art, culture, and history, too. No matter what you decide to do, the sheer amount of activities and attractions in the area make Alexandria an ideal place to rent an RV.
You will easily find places to fuel up your Alexandria rental motorhome and finding a place to stay is easy, too. Washington DC/Capitol KOA on the other side of the capitol area could be a solid choice as far as campgrounds go. The campground offers bicycle rentals, tours of the area, and a refreshing pool during the summer months.
Aquia Pines Camp Resort is farther outside the metro area and more peaceful than its city counterparts. With 50 RV sites in the forest, you can relax in the cozy little park. Prince Williams Forest RV Campground is a natural oasis south of the capitol area that contains remnants and ruins of ancient civilizations some 8,000 years ago. Pohick Bay Regional Park is just one example publicly owned parks offering decent camping spaces for RV renters in the area. Golfing, hiking, biking, swimming, and are all possible on the hundreds of acres alongside the water.