Washington, DC Area

Selected by George Washington to be this nation’s capital in 1790, Washington, DC is part federal government and part bustling urban American city with its treasures of art, culture, music, and history.

Features and attractions

The Capitol Building is both literally and figuratively the center of the city. The geographic quadrants of the city were marked from the building’s location. The city is also home to many world famous museums—including the Smithsonian Institution, International Spy Museum, and the Newsuem – a museum dedicated to the news. Washington DC also plays host to some famous theaters, including Ford’s Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and The Fillmore in neighboring Silver Spring, Maryland. Furthermore, DC plays host to many professional sports teams, including football’s Washington Redskins, basketball’s Washington Wizards, and baseball’s Washington Nationals, who make their home in DC’s first green-certified ballpark. Washington has an extensive public transportation system that’s clean and efficient, and travels into Virginia and Maryland.


Like any diverse American city, Washington and its surrounding areas have eclectic neighborhoods. Adams Morgan Restaurants feature cuisine from around the world. Georgetown is a popular place to walk or linger in casual cafés and trendy shops. Lafayette Park is home to fascinating museums. The Shaw/U Street Corridor is the place for cool jazz. Old Town Alexandria, Virginia’s waterfront, with shops and restaurants, shouldn’t be missed, and hisotric Mount Vernon is a short drive away.


While many people work for the federal government, others work in tourism, for professional associations, defense contractors, and telecom or technology companies.

Other nearby locations

Washington is only a short drive from Baltimore, Richmond, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, and the Chesapeake Bay beaches.


  • Restaurant Eve
    110 South Pitt St. Alexandria, Virginia, 5.9 miles from Crystal Woods of Alexandria!
    The award-winning restaurant, located in Old Town, Alexandria, offers two unique dining experiences
  • The Grille at Morrison House
    116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, Virginia 5.7 miles from Crystal Woods of Alexandria!
    The Grille is a special restaurant because of its unique setting in a small boutique hotel in the heart of Old Town Alexandria
  • BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier
    Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King St. Alexandria, 5.3 miles from Crystal Woods of Alexandria!
    The restaurant offers innovative Belgian cuisine by an award-winning chef.
  • Majestic Cafe
    911 King St, Alexandria, Virginia   5.6 miles from Crystal Woods of Alexandria!
    The Majestic is an art deco style historic landmark restaurant that has been restored.
  • Hanks Oyster Bar
    1026 King St. Alexandria, Virginia 5.6 miles from Crystal Woods of Alexandria!
    The neighborhood hotspot is a small friendly and casual restaurant to gather with friends
  • Additional Restaurants



Shopping in Alexandria is an experience you can’t miss! The historic town has a variety of unique shops ranging from antiques to art galleries to jewelry stores to souvenir shops. The following guide will help you find the best destinations for shopping in Alexandria, VA.

  • Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria Virginia
    221 King Crossing Alexandria, VA— Only 6 miles from Crystal Woods of Alexandria

The secret is out! The go-to DC destination for boutique shopping is Old Town Alexandria, with The Wall Street Journal praising, “The King Street area has some of the best stores and galleries in the region.” Nearly 80 percent of the restaurants and retailers in the King Street corridor are independently owned, including the chic shops of the Old Town Boutique District while nearby, Del Ray’s Mount Vernon Avenue is another haven for eclectic, locally owned storefronts. Fashionistas flock to Alexandria for unique accessory and clothing finds, while Home décor shops and antique galleries burst with statement pieces. Delight in tasty treats from olive oils to award-winning hot chocolates, pick up pet friendly goodies, or peruse handmade jewelry at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.Shoppers are drawn to the shops of the Old Town Boutique District, where high end shoes and chic home décor are tucked into elegant settings. Dozens of independent retailers give the phrase “personal shopping” a new standard, offering not only unique collections of clothing and gourmet goods but shopkeeper’s expertise.Here’s a sampling of Old Town’s shopping and Dining:

  • Bibo Baggins Restaurant
    Down home service with 35 different wines by the glass
  • Geranio Restaurante
    Modern Italian cooking
  • Gossypia
    An artsy and eclectic clothing boutique
  • Dash’s Old Town
    A trendy men’s boutique
    Lotus Blooms
    Organic soaps, lotions and personal care boutique
  • Mint Condition
    Named DCs best consignment store
  • Murphy’s Irish Pub
    Old world charm with a beautiful roaring fire place
  • Shoe Hive
    A boutique featuring charming and fashionable collection of shoes and accessories for women
  • Sugar Cube
    Candy, Chocolates and Truffles oh my!
  • Zento Japanese Restaurant
    Excellent Sushi, Tempura and Hibachi
  • Landmark Mall — a shopping mall featuring more than 120 stores including
    5801 Duke St. Alexandria, Virginia — 1.6 miles from Crystal Woods of Alexandria
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Foot Locker
  • Kay Jewelers
  • Macy’s
  • Sears
  • Sunglass Hut
  • T Mobile
  • Victoria’s Secret


  • Potomac Yard Shopping Center, Alexandria Virginia — Potomac Yard Shopping Center, is a 589,856-square-foot retail center in Alexandria, Virginia with a variety of stores, restaurants, and movie theaters.
    3671 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Alexandria, Virginia — 5 miles from Crystal Woods of Alexandria!
    Potomac Yard Shopping Center shopping mall featuring more than 120 stores including:


  • Barnes & Noble
  • Baskin Robins
  • Best Buy
  • Chipotle
  • Don Pablo’s Grill
  • Old Navy
  • Petsmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Regal Cinemas 16
  • Shoppers Food Warehouse
  • Staples
  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx


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