Our 10 favorite cycling destinations: Alexandria
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Photo courtesy of Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association
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Photo courtesy of Capital Bikeshare
Old Town Alexandria.
Alexandria sits on the scenic Mount Vernon Bike Trail, which runs along the Potomac River and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Cyclists can enjoy a picnic and bike to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens or follow the trails along the George Washington Parkway to see the Washington monuments. The Holmes Run Trail and Four Mile Run Trail, which links with the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, are two other popular trails.
Alexandria’s bike shops include Bike and Roll Alexandria and Wheel Nuts, while members of Capital Bikeshare can choose a bike from one of more than 175 stations in D.C., Arlington and Alexandria and return it to another station near their destination. The city has bike lanes on Braddock and Commonwealth streets as well as Prince and Cameron streets in Old Town Alexandria.
Some popular restaurants include T.J. Stone’s Grill House & Tap Room, Haute Dogs & Fries with its designer hot dogs and milkshakes, and Bittersweet Café, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Dairy Godmother in the city’s Del Ray neighborhood offers up Wisconsin-style frozen custard, sorbet and an assortment of bakery treats. Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco, just a few blocks from the waterfront, the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria on the Mount Vernon Trail and Holiday Inn & Suites Alexandria–Historic District offer bikes for guests.
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